Topic: Foreign Relations
Ashgabat, 17 January 2005 (nCa) --- A Japanese delegation led by Ichiro Aisawa, first vice minister of foreign affairs, had a meeting with President Niyazov Monday morning. Later in the day, Aisawa participated in the opening ceremony of Japanese embassy in Ashgabat.
“We are open to mutual cooperation on the basis of equality,” said Niyazov during his talk with the delegation.
“There is wide scope for foreign firms in hundreds of projects,” he said.
He noted that well known Japanese brand names such as Itochu, Mitsubishi, Nichimen and Komatsu were already participating in a number of projects in the country.
Japanese machinery is extensively used in oil and gas, textile and construction sectors in Turkmenistan.
Niyazov told that hydrocarbon sector, textile industry, and chemical processing would remain the engines of growth in the national development plan. “There is great scope for mutual cooperation here,” he stressed.
Aisawa expressed his admiration for the transformation that had taken place in Turkmenistan since its independence.
“The reason for this phenomenal growth is the socio economic model of development adopted by Turkmenistan based on its unique natural potential and favourable geopolitical location,” he said.
“It is quite natural that lots of foreign companies are eager to work here, and Japan is no exception,” Aisawa underlined.
He said that Japan was ready to offer experience and the latest technology to help develop oil and gas complex and other branches of Turkmenistan.
The sides discussed other questions of regional and global interest and exchanged views on reforms in the United Nations.
Niyazov noted that his country’s policy of permanent neutrality was oriented toward broad cooperation at international level.
Later in day, opening ceremony of Japanese embassy took place at Ak-Altyn Plaza Hotel where the mission is located.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992, Japan-Turkmenistan cooperation has been increasing every year,” said Aisawa addressing the guests in the ceremony.
“Opening of Japanese embassy in the Turkmen capital is an important step in the ongoing dialogue between the two countries,” he said
Japan hosted a reception in the evening.