Japan-Turkmenistan Relations

Japan-Turkmenistan Summit Meeting

March 14, 2015

On March 14, commencing at 1:05 p.m. until 1:20 p.m., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, who was visiting Japan to attend the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. An overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Opening Remarks (UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)

(1) Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Berdimuhamedov’s visit to Japan following his previous visit in September 2013, and stated that he would like to cooperate with His Excellency to make the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction a success and to further promote bilateral relations between the two countries.

(2) President Berdimuhamedov expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the Conference and wished for a successful conference. President also mentioned that disaster risk reduction was an urgent issue for humankind.

2. Political Relations

(1) President Berdimuhamedov said that many achievements had been witnessed between the two countries since his previous visit to Japan, and mentioned that Turkmenistan had assumed the chairmanship of the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue, which Japan played a leading role.

(2) In response, Prime Minister Abe stated that he hoped to make this dialogue more meaningful with the help of President’s leadership.

3. Economic Relations

(1) President Berdimuhamedov stated that relations between the two countries have been extremely good. President mentioned that construction work has started on four gas chemical plants and that the activities of Japanese companies have been growing year by year.

(2) In response, Prime Minister Abe referred to progress in thoseplant construction projects by Japanese companies in Turkmenistan that President mentioned. Prime Minister expressed his gratitude tothe considerable support from the President regarding the progress.