Malaysia Intensifying Bilateral-Ties With Turkmenistan

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The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be making an official visit to Turkmenistan from the 9th of June to the 11th of June. He will be witnessing the signing of five important documents that will further strengthen the existing close bilateral and trade relations between Malaysia and Turkmenistan during his second official visit to the country.

The Malaysian ambassador in Turkmenistan, Norman Muhamad informed that the documents included a joint statement between the two countries and an agreement on cultural cooperation between Malaysia and Turkmenistan. He also added that Najibs visit in 2011 had made the relationship between the two countries stronger. “There has been commitment by both countries towards this. If previously, the focus had been on oil and gas, Malaysia and Turkmenistan are now keen to diversify that cooperation into new areas like culture, education and the halal food industry.”

Norman also informed that in the Central Asian region, Turkmenistan was Malaysia’s third largest trading partner. Total trade between the two countries in 2013 was recorded at US$33.13 million (RM106 million) compared with US$11.68 million in 2012 and US$24.27 million in 2011. “Malaysia’s major exports to Turkmenistan include machinery and parts, iron and steel products, palm oil, chemicals and chemical by-products as well as electrical and electronic products. On the other hand, Malaysia’s major imports from Turkmenistan include machinery, appliances and parts.”

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