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Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan to build railway, pipeline along Caspian

ASHGABAT. May 3. KAZINFORM. Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan intend to build jointly a gas pipeline and a railway along the Caspian coast. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov and Kazakh premier Karim Masimov discussed these projects on Wednesday, the press service of the Turkmen president reported. The Caspian projects were included in a package of documents which will be approved at a meeting of the two presidents. The Turkmen president conveyed an official invitation to Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday through the Kazakh premier, now in Ashgabat on a one-day working visit. Speaking at the meeting, Berdymukhammedov pointed to the important role of Kazakhstan's transit potential in implementing promising projects of bringing Turkmen energy carriers to the world market. They include the project of a Caspian gas pipeline, the understanding on whose construction was reached during the recent working visit by the Turkmen president to Russia, Kazinform refers to Itar-Tass. He also noted that the meeting "discussed questions of the visa regime and a settlement of mutual debts as well as issues of biological resources of the Caspian". In turn, the Kazakh premier noted that the sides "singled out several projects on deepening cooperation by using the potential of the two countries. The two sides agreed to cooperate in transportation of gas. Besides, the Kazakh Kazmunaigaz Company will participate in the development of the oil and gas complex of Turkmenistan. "We also agreed in the sphere of transport to start talks on construction of a railway along the Caspian coast as well as on resumption of an air service between Ashgabat and Alma-Ata." Questions of boosting cooperation between Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the fuel and energy sector as well as in the sphere of communications were examined with an account for the geopolitical factor and the real mutual interest in closer cooperation.


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