The Russian Federation is a strategic partner of Turkmenistan, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at an enlarged meeting of the government, APA reports citing RIA Novosti.
President of Turkmenistan outlined the country's foreign policy priorities at the meeting dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the neutral policy of Turkmenistan
The President referred to the phrase "strategic partner" only in relations with Russia and the UN.
Berdimuhamedov stressed the strengthening of good-neighborly ties that have become traditional with all the countries of Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, and Azerbaijan.
The head of state noted that Ashgabat will pay great attention to expanding cooperation with Turkey.
"The Russian Federation, which has maintained centuries-old friendly relations is a strategic partner of Turkmenistan. Based on the historical experience of the two countries' interaction, we will continue to increase cooperation with Russia in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian fields," the president said.
He emphasized that Turkmenistan supports fruitful cooperation with China and will use all available opportunities to expand these relations.
G. Berdimuhamedov brought into attention that expanding relations with Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, India, Pakistan and the countries of the Middle East are in the list of Turkmen foreign policy priorities.
"The European states have always been reliable partners of our country and continue to remain so. Next year we plan to take all measures to bring relations between Turkmenistan and the countries of Europe to a qualitatively new level," the President said.
He emphasized that Ashgabat has significantly intensified relations with the states of the American continent. "Among them, I want to highlight the United States. The open and fruitful political ties between Turkmenistan and the United States give us the opportunity to successfully build cooperation in the fields of economy, education and culture," the Turkmen leader said.