Chinese FM meets Turkmen counterpart
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov on the sidelines of the third foreign ministers' meeting of neighboring countries of Afghanistan, in Tunxi, east China's Anhui Province, March 30, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhou Mu)
HEFEI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met with Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov on the sidelines of the third Foreign Ministers' meeting among the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, in Tunxi, east China's Anhui Province.
Noting that no matter how the international situation changes, China will remain Turkmenistan's reliable brother and dependable partner, Wang said China has full confidence in relations with Turkmenistan.
China is willing to work with Turkmenistan to advance the sustained, smooth and stable development of cooperation in various fields and open up broader prospects, Wang added.
Meredov said Turkmenistan regards China as the most important partner in energy cooperation and will not change this established position. Turkmenistan is willing to strengthen the alignment between its development strategy to revive the Great Silk Road and the Belt and Road Initiative and lift bilateral relations to a new high.
China is willing to expand collaboration in the entire energy industrial chain, enlarge the volume and scale of energy cooperation and explore cooperation potential in green energy, natural gas utilization and technical equipment, Wang said.
The two sides also exchanged views on cooperation between China and five Central Asian countries, as well as the Afghanistan issue.
Meredov expressed support for Afghanistan in drawing a clear line with terrorist organizations and resolutely cracking down on all terrorist forces including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.