On 2nd of December, in the morning President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived to Turkmenistan with an official visit.
From Ashgabat International airport distinguished guest proceeded to the Presidential Palace Complex «Oguzkhan». Here, at the main entrance, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev was warmly welcomed by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov
After the traditional ceremony of the official meeting and photographing on the background of the national flags, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov invited President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the Hall of bilateral meetings, where they held talks in «one-to-one» format.
Then the talks were continued in the Hall «Soltan Sanjar» in an expanded format with the participation of the members of official delegations of the two countries.
After the end of the talks in an expanded format the ceremony of signing of the bilateral documents took place in the «Seljuk Khan» hall. The following documents were signed: Memorandum of Understanding between the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan and the International Turkic Academy; Agreement between the hyakimlik of Balkan velayat (province) of Turkmenistan and the akimat of Mangistau oblast (province) of the Republic of Kazakhstan on trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation; Agreement on creation of the Business Council between the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan and the Chamber of foreign commerce of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to establish an international telecommunications transit route Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan; Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the field of maritime transport. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev put their signatures under the Joint Statement.
Then, the two leaders addressed with their statements to the representatives of mass media. Highly appreciating the outcome of the meeting, which resulted in the signing of a package of documents on various areas of cooperation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan attaches great importance to relations with Kazakhstan. «Our countries and peoples are linked by centuries-old traditions of good neighborliness, common history, culture, language, spiritual values. We cherish this property, fill it with new content in the spirit of contemporary realities», said the Turkmen leader.
In his turn, President of Kazakhstan noted with satisfaction that during the negotiations that took place in an atmosphere of openness and trust, there was an exchange of views on the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation, as well as issues about regional and global problems of mutual interest. Referring to question of cooperation in the international arena, the leader of Kazakhstan stated the intention to continue to participate actively in the implementation of joint initiatives, including the UN and other authoritative international and regional organizations.
After the address to the media, a solemn ceremony of awarding the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan with Turkmenistan’s high rank «The Honorable Elder of the nation» was held.
Stressing that it is a great honor for him to announce about conferring the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev with this honorary title, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that this decision is a recognition of the merits of the President of Kazakhstan in the development of the Turkmen-Kazakh relations, his substantial contribution to the strengthening of centuries-old ties of fraternity, good neighborliness and friendship of the two countries.
In a solemn ceremony distinguished guest was dressed in a traditional Turkmen national don (gown), telpek (fur hat) and a waistband. President of Kazakhstan was also decorated with the corresponding medal.
Thanking for the high honor, the head of the Republic of Kazakhstan noted that he perceives granting him the title «The Honorable Elder of the nation» as an expression of respect to the whole Kazakh people. Confirming the continued commitment of Kazakhstan to traditionally friendly intergovernmental dialogue with Turkmenistan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed again a heartfelt gratitude to the Turkmen side.
In the afternoon, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan visited the Memorial Complex «Halk hakydasy», where he took part in the ceremony of laying flowers to the Memorial, visited a local museum and wrote a memorable entry in the book of honored guests. In the evening in honor of the distinguished guest, President of Turkmenistan gave an official dinner at which the two leaders exchanged speeches.
The official visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Turkmenistan continues.