On October 11, 2016 in Ashgabat, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held talks with the President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation, Rustam Minnikhanov, who arrived on October 10 in Turkmenistan on a working visit.
Expressing sincere gratitude for the warm welcome, President Rustam Minnikhanov conveyed the cordial greetings of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Thanking for the congratulations and kind words, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also conveyed warm greetings to the senior leadership of the Russian Federation and expressed confidence that this meeting will serve as a comprehensive strengthening of the Turkmen-Tatar relations and enhance effective co-operation between Turkmenistan and Russia.
During the meeting, which was held in an atmosphere of trust, the parties exchanged views on priority issues of further development of cooperation with the immediate and long-term expectation. The subjects of discussions were concerned, the implementation of agreements reached earlier and the opportunities for diversifying traditional partnership, which has received a new impetus in recent years.
Then, after warm farewell with the President of Turkmenistan, President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation visited Expo center of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan, where there was held a ceremony of the opening of the exhibition of economic achievements of Turkmenistan devoted to the 25th anniversary of Independence. The guests got acquainted with the large-scale exposition representing the progress made during the period of independent development in all branches of the national economy.
Rustam Minnikhanov also visited the Turkmen-Tatarstan business forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan. A delegation of Tatarstan, which included the heads and leading specialists of government institutions, ministries, government agencies and non-profit organizations, large companies and enterprises arrived to Ashgabat to participate in the forum.
From the Turkmen side the meeting was attended by representatives of the ministries and departments, public corporations, unions, committees, banks, Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Academy of Sciences and a number of universities in the country.
Rustam Minnikhanov spoke at the forum and noted the fruitful relations between Turkmenistan and Tatarstan, successfully developing within the framework of the intergovernmental dialogue with the Russian Federation.
At the end of the plenary session, there was a signing ceremony of the " Program of cooperation between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation) in trade-economic, scientific-technical, cultural, humanitarian and other fields in the years 2017-2019" and the Memorandum oo scientific technical cooperation between the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Having completed the working program of the visit the President of the Republic of Tatarstan headed for the capital international airport and departed from Ashgabat.