Israel to open embassy in Turkmenistan

Israel to open embassy in Turkmenistan
# 21 May 2009 13:36 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Israel will open an embassy in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan for the first time, media and public relations department of Israel’s embassy in Azerbaijan told APA. The decision to open the embassy was reached in view of the development of the good bilateral relationship with Turkmenistan and the new momentum in relations with Central Asian countries.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman discussed the issue with his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov, and advised him of Israel’s decision. The Turkmen minister welcomed the announcement. Ever since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkmenistan at the beginning of the 1990’s, both countries have contributed to the expansion and deepening of the bilateral relationship, said the embassy officials.

“Among other things, Israel emphasizes the training Turkmen experts, especially in the fields of agriculture and public health. The Turkmen ministers responsible for these fields have visited Israel and met their Israeli counterparts. Israeli diplomatic relations have been maintained to date by a non-resident ambassador, based in Jerusalem. Turkmenistan is one of the leading countries in Central Asia, and Israel’s relations with it are of political, economic and strategic importance. We are certain that the permanent presence of an Israeli diplomat at the ambassadorial level in Ashgabat will ensure an additional quantum leap in the development of relations with a pivotal and friendly country such as Turkmenistan”, said the embassy in its statement.
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