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Turkmenistan interested in developing transport corridor through Latvia

Transport Minister Aivis Ronis. Foto: Edijs Palens/LETA.
 RIGA, Nov 16 - Turkmenistan is interested in expanding cooperation with Latvia by working together to develop the North-South transport corridor and utilizing the transportation and transit potential of both countries, Transport Minister Aivis Ronis said after returning from Turkmenistan.
As the business information portal ''Nozare.lv'' was informed by the Transport Ministry, during his recent visit to Turkmenistan, Ronis met with the country's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and several government representatives to discuss new cooperation possibilities in the area of transit, road transportation and communications.
The president especially praised Latvia's experience in port management. Taking into account the Turkmen government's plans to carry out the reconstruction and expansion of the Turkmenbashi Port, also discussed was the active involvement of Riga Port and Latvian companies in this process.
During his visit to Turkmenistan, Ronis visited the city of Turkmenbashi and the town of Avaz on the Caspian Sea, where he met with city council representatives and got acquainted with the work and infrastructure of Turkmenbashi Port.
Ronis also expressed support to the Turkmen president's initiative to develop the Caspian-Black-Baltic Sea transportation route.
The Latvian transport minister also supported the closer participation of Latvian companies in the development of Turkmenistan's infrastructure, logistics and information technology.
The Transport Ministry informed that Ronis' visit to Turkmenistan was widely covered in the country's media.
Ronis' visit to Turkmenistan was organized after the Turkmen president's visit to Latvia this past September, during which cooperation in the area of transportation and communications was discussed.

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