President of Belarus Alexandr Lukashenko congratulated President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the people of the country on the occasion of the Independence Day, BelTA reports referring to the press service of the President of Belarus.
“Over the years of sovereignty, Turkmenistan has achieved significant results in national construction, social and economic development, and strengthening its position in the international arena,” the congratulation message says
“Belarus expects the further deepening the relations of friendship, fruitful partnership and mutual support between the two countries. I am sure that by joint efforts we will bring the Belarusian-Turkmen dialogue to a qualitatively new level that fully meets the interests of the two peoples,” the head of the Republic of Belarus stressed.
It should be noted that this message is not an effort to follow the generally accepted protocol forms of congratulations that the heads of state exchange on the occasion of national holidays.
In this case, the congratulation message gives the real picture of actual the Turkmen-Belarusian relations. In other words, the relations between Ashgabat and Minsk can be described as an expectation with a view to a great future. It is the state of interstate relations when only the high-level talks can promote its development.
And such talks between Presidents – Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Alexandr Lukashenko – will be held in the near future. On October 10-11 this year, under the chairmanship of Turkmenistan at the CIS, Ashgabat will host, the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth, and Lukashenko will be a guest of Berdimuhamedov.
Although this will be a CIS Summit, and not a bilateral meeting, it can be confidently assumed that the two leaders will definitely discuss the Turkmen-Belarusian cooperation and will instruct the two governments on the ways to solve the problems that have arisen and on the direction to move to give the partnership an impetus for development.
The main stumble in relations between Ashgabat and Minsk is the Garlyk mining and processing factory, built in the east of Turkmenistan by Belgorhimprom OJSC. This facility to produce potash fertilizers costed to Turkmenistan about 1 billion US dollars. However, the enterprise, commissioned on March 31, 2017, still cannot start the rhythmic work and reach the production indicators fixed in the contract.
If there is a desire of the parties to promote the relations further, then there are no unsolvable issues. From the very beginning, Ashgabat has intended to solve this issue in a constructive manner that feature the Turkmen-Belarusian relations.
Recently, Alexandr Lukashenko has also called on to upgrade the relations with Turkmenistan. He stated it while appointing Vyacheslav Beskosty as a new Ambassador to Ashgabat BelTA reports.
For the new envoy, the Belarusian leader has set a task to discuss the problem of the Garlyk factory with those who built it (Belgorhimprom OJSC), and to find ways to resolve the issue.
In fact, in the near future, the discussion on the Gardlyk mining and processing factory would be most likely renewed to promote the dialogue and to solve the dispute between business entities under the assistance of the heads of state.