Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, who is in China (Tunxi, Huangshan) on a visit to participate in the 3rd meeting of the foreign ministers of countries neighboring Afghanistan, held a number of meetings on Wednesday.
Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee, met via video link with Vice Premier and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov in Beijing, Xinhua reports.
President Serdar Berdimuhamedov sent a delegation of Turkmenistan to China, the city of Huangshan, to participate in the third meeting of foreign ministers of neighboring countries of Afghanistan. According to the order signed by him, the delegation was sent on a business trip for the period of March 29-31.
The third ministerial meeting of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan will be held on March 31 in China. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov will also take part in this meeting, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the official representative of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Turkmenistan continues to rank first in the export of pipeline natural gas to China: in January-February 2022, China imported $1.44 billion from Turkmen gas (an increase of 1.47 times), according to statistics from the General Customs Administration of China.
Until the end of March, China will host the third meeting of foreign ministers of the countries of the region on Afghanistan. Afghan Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesperson Hafiz Zia Ahmad said on Twitter on Tuesday that Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki met with Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu to discuss bilateral relations as well as the upcoming regional meeting on Afghanistan in China.
In the period from January to February 2022, China imported 4.67 million tons of natural gas from Central Asia, the specialized media of the People's Republic of China write, citing data from the customs authorities.