A wide range of issues of Turkmen-Singapore cooperation was discussed at the talks Of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with President of Singapore Halima Jacob, held today at the Istana Palace with the participation of government delegations of the two countries.

The leader of Turkmenistan expressed his conviction that the current – the first state visit to this country will be an important step towards the development of friendly bilateral relations and will give a new impetus to their activation.

During the talks, it was noted that one of the priorities of the partnership is to further enhance cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, where there is significant potential in the implementation of major projects in the field of trade, fuel and energy complex, chemical and textile industries, transport and communications.

The parties also called for the adoption of specific measures to increase and diversify mutual trade. The head of Turkmenistan noted the possibility of activating additional mechanisms to promote trade and economic relations, including holding business forums, exhibitions, meetings of experts on a regular basis.

Positively describing the Turkmen-Singapore business forum held within the framework of the current visit, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed to hold a second such business meeting in Ashgabat.

It is also advisable to discuss the prospects of expanding the dialogue in the field of education, science and high technologies, where Turkmenistan is interested in the experience of Singapore colleagues. In this direction, it is proposed to consider the possibility of cooperation in the training of qualified specialists in the framework of exchange programs between the institutions of Turkmenistan and Singapore.

There are good prospects in the development of partnership in the tourism industry. The Turkmen side welcomed cooperation with Singapore partners in the further development of the national tourist zone "Avaza".

Stressing Turkmenistan's readiness to further develop mutually beneficial relations with Singapore, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited Halima Jacob to pay a return state visit to Turkmenistan at any time convenient for her.

The sides also exchanged views on topical issues of regional and international policy of mutual interest.

At the end of the meeting, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Halima Jacob reaffirmed the desire of Turkmenistan and Singapore to develop an effective partnership on a long-term basis.