BILATERAL MEET OF INDIA AND TURKMENISTAN

BILATERAL MEET OF INDIA AND TURKMENISTAN ,Turkmenistan, where he signed four agreements, including financial intelligence and disaster
management and agreed to expand bilateral trade and energy cooperation to further strengthen the
partnership between the two countries. President Ram Nath Kovind met his Turkmen counterpart Serdar
Berdimuhamedov here on Saturday. “BILATERAL MEET OF INDIA AND TURKMENISTAN”. President Kovind held a detailed discussion on the state and
prospects of bilateral relations and also exchanged views The Indian President Shri Ramnath Kovind,
for the first time visited on various regional and international issues of importance.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

We have agreed to intensify efforts to further strengthen our multifaceted partnership. Economic relations strengthen bilateral
ties. We agreed to do more to expand bilateral trade which has remained modest. Our business
communities must deepen their engagement, understand each other’s regulations and identify new areas of
trade and investment, the president said in a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. A
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between India and Turkmenistan regarding
cooperation in the field of disaster management.

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Bilateral meet of India and turmenistan
Bilateral meet of India and turmenistan

BILATERAL MEET OF INDIA AND TURKMENISTAN

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HIGHLIGHTS-


The significance of International north south transport corridor and Ashgabat agreement
was taken primarily. The Chabahar port built by India in Iran could be used to improve
trade between India and Central Asia.


Emphasis on the need for both countries to cooperate closely on the effective
management of covid 19 that has affected their population.

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) (Bilateral Meet)


Cooperation in energy was one of the key areas of our discussions today. On the
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, I suggested that issues related
to the security of the pipeline and key business principles may be addressed in Technical
and Expert level meetings, the president said.

Asked if the issue of the TAPI pipeline could come up during talks, Sanjay Verma, Secretary West in the MEA, told reporters in New
Delhi on Wednesday that “it is a difficult thing if you look at the geography. So, in that
sense, this itself was a task in negotiating the pipeline.” “Thereafter it is on record that India
has some concerns about the commercial and business aspect of the TAPI pipeline and that
is being discussed,” he said, adding that the president’s visit will be another opportunity to
“revisit where we stand” on this issue.

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the two countries also identified new areas of cooperation such as disaster management.
Kovind expressed India’s readiness to partner with Turkmenistan in its drive towards
digitalize and noted that Space can be another area of mutually beneficial cooperation. Our
countries share centuries-old civilization and cultural linkages.

Regular cultural events(Bilateral Meet)

During the talks, I underlined the importance of holding regular cultural events in each other’s territory. We
insisted on the need for both countries to cooperate closely on the effective management of
the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected our population, the president said.


Turkmenistan is an important partner for India in the India Central Asia Summit
framework, the first of which India hosted virtually in January this year. We agreed to
further enhance cooperation under the framework flowing from the India-Central Asia
Summit, he said.


Key Points of India –

Turkmenistan Relations


Turkmenistan shares borders with Kazakhstan in the north,
Uzbekistan in the north and North-east, Iran in the South and
Afghanistan in the Southeast


India has joined the Ashgabat agreement, which envisages setting up
of an international transport and transit corridor linking central Asia
with the Persian Gulf to significantly ramp up trade and investment.
Turkmenistan supports India’s permanent position in the UN
SECURITY COUNCIL

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” Turkmenistan possesses very large reserves of natural gas.”


Turkmenistan is also strategically placed in Central Asia and
connectivity is something on which India feel a partnership with
Turkmenistan will pay dividends.


Indian community in Turkmenistan: There are presently 240 Indian nationals in
Turkmenistan. Majority of them are semi-skilled workers construction sector. There are
also a few engineers, professionals and technicians working in oil and gas sector. There are
no Indian Associations or Indian students in Turkmenistan.

Air links with Turkmenistan


Air links with Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan Airlines operates 4 direct flights a week to India
(New Delhi – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday).

Hindi Chair: In 2015, Hindi Chair was established in Azadi Institute of World languages,
Ashgabat where Hindi is being taught to university students. ‘Vishwa Hindi Divas’ is
celebrated in Turkmenistan every year. Indian Cinema and TV serials are popular with
Turkmen people. Similarly, Indian music also holds a special place in the hearts of Turkmen
people. Indian film festivals are held on regular basis in different cities in Turkmenistan.
Indian Film Show was held in Ashgabat on 20-21 June 2019.

A 15-member cultural troupe from Turkmenistan visited Suraj Kund to participate in the International Crafts Mela from
1- 15 February 2016. A Turkmen Cultural delegation visited India in November 2016 for
performance in Delhi and Chennai on occasion of 25th Anniversary of Turkmenistan’s
Independence. A cultural troupe ‘Silicon’ sponsored by ICCR performed at a Friendship
concert at A Mall in Ashgabat on 26th January 2017 as part of Republic Day celebration. A
duet was played among Indian and Turkmen musicians. ‘India Cultural Week’ was
celebrated in Ashgabat from 16-23 May 2017 to mark 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic
Relations between India and Turkmenistan.

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Celebrations

The weeklong celebrations included Cloth Exhibition, Bollywood Performance, Film Festival & first ever Food Festival. A 14-member
group “Bollywood Rockers” sponsored by ICCR visited Turkmenistan on occasion of
Independence Day of India from 30-31 August 2019.

An 11-member Turkmen Cultural Folk Group visited India to participate in the International Folk Dance and Music Festival-2018
from 05-12 December 2018. Many events were organized by Embassy of India in
Turkmenistan to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi- Bicycle Rally
(3 June 2019), School outreach (31 May 2019), Tree Plantation (2 October 2019), Gandhi
Jayanti celebrations (2 October 2019) and Vegetarian Food Festival (4-5 October 2019).

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