Meeting between Prime Minister Abe and President Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan
On October 23, commencing at 0:45 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOV, President of Turkmenistan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Opening Remarks
Prime Minister Abe welcomed the visit of President Berdimuhamedov to Japan and stated “our mutual visits in 2015 gave an impetus for significant progress of bilateral relations across a wide range of fields" and “I am pleased that four large-scale projects, including the opening of a plant that produces gasoline from natural gas last June, have been realized in cooperation with Japanese companies”.
In response, President Berdimuhamedov expressed his sincere congratulations on the historic ceremonies of the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and stated that he wishes Japan peace, harmony and prosperity in its new era, Reiwa.
2. Bilateral Relations
Prime Minister Abe stated “we are convinced that combining Turkmenistan's abundant natural gas and Japan’s high-quality infrastructure can make a significant contribution to the development of Turkmenistan through the export of high-value-added products” and “we continue to cooperate in developing human resources to support the development of Turkmenistan”. He also stressed that “business environment where Japanese companies can operate without any worry is indispensable” and stated “an early conclusion of the Investment Agreement is also important”.
In response, President Berdimuhamedov expressed his gratitude for Japan’s cooperation and, referring to the fact that many projects have progressed since Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Turkmenistan in 2015 and Japan’s advanced eco-friendly technologies have been introduced, stated that a meeting with Japanese business people was also held during this visit to Japan.
3. Global Issues
Prime Minister Abe asked for understanding and cooperation for the early resolution of the abductions issue. The two leaders agreed to continue to cooperate on various issues.