Turkey appoints new ambassador to Turkmenistan

Turkey appoints new ambassador to Turkmenistan

New Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey Togan Oral will serve in Turkmenistan, Turkish media reports. He will replace Mustafa Kapucu, who since August 2015 was Turkey’s envoy in Ashgabat.

It is known, from 2011 to 2015, Togan Oral served as Consul-General of Turkey in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Turkmen-Turkish diplomatic relations were established on February 29, 1992 – Turkey was the first to recognize the independence of Turkmenistan and opened its embassy in Ashgabat.

The two countries and peoples have very close, fraternal ties, due to a common history, language, religion and culture. At the same time, Turkmenistan and Turkey cooperate effectively within authoritative regional and international organizations, demonstrating the coincidence or similarity of positions on topical issues of world agenda, especially those related to ensuring global peace and security.

Turkey is one of the top trading partners of Turkmenistan. Many Turkish companies are registered in Turkmenistan and are specializing in the fields of trade, investment, construction, energy, transport, communications, agricultural, water management, textile and processing industries.

Since 1993, a Turkmen-Turkish Joint-Stock Commercial Bank has been operating.

According to the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan, in January – September 2019, export to Turkey increased by more than 20 percent to reach 314.3 million US dollars compared to the same period last year, and import was 951 million US dollars.

Export of Turkmenistan to Turkey includes textile, fuel and energy, chemical, and agricultural products. At the same time, metal and metal products, household goods, equipment, construction materials, electrical engineering, chemical and light industry products, food, vehicles, and medicals are imported from Turkey.