On September 10, 2020, a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Having warmly greeted each other, the Turkmen leader and the Head of the Japanese Government expressed satisfaction with the opportunity to discuss in a personal conversation the state and prospects of interstate relations based on the principles of mutual respect and mutual goodwill of the parties.

Thanking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the constant attention and support paid to strengthening the traditionally friendly Turkmen-Japanese dialogue, which in recent years has acquired new dynamics and has been steadily developing along an ascending line, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that established regular contacts at the highest level serve as solid base for further strengthening the effective cooperation.

Continuing the telephone conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted with satisfaction that Turkmenistan and Japan are productively cooperating both in a bilateral format and in the international arena, as evidenced by mutual support for constructive initiatives and proposals put forward within the framework of authoritative organizations of the global and regional scale.

One of the priority directions of the Turkmen-Japanese partnership is the activation of trade and economic relations. In this context, it was emphasized that thanks to joint efforts, at present, interstate economic cooperation has acquired a strategic, sustainable and long-term character.

Successfully implemented projects for the construction of modern oil and gas and gas chemical complexes in Turkmenistan are a good example of this. As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, we will continue to support the activities of Japanese companies in our country, create favorable conditions for investment activity.

It was also emphasized that recently, cooperation in the humanitarian and cultural sphere has been dynamically developing, which is an important factor in bringing the peoples of the two states closer together, strengthening the ties of friendship and mutual understanding between them. In this regard, the interlocutors spoke in favor of further expansion of the established fruitful educational and scientific contacts, including in the field of education and training of Turkmen specialists.

Noting that our country received with understanding the news of the resignation of Mr. Shinzo Abe from the post of Prime Minister for health reasons, the Turkmen leader thanked his interlocutor for active joint work and great personal contribution to the development of interstate relations. At the same time, the interest of Turkmenistan in the progressive strengthening of interstate dialogue and readiness for constructive cooperation with the new Government of Japan was confirmed.

Expressing gratitude for the kind words expressed towards him and towards Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his sincere gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the proactive position and constant support of bilateral cooperation, which resulted in the implementation of many projects in Turkmenistan with the participation of Japanese companies.

At the end of the telephone conversation, which took place in a confidential, friendly atmosphere, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of Japan exchanged best wishes for each other and the peoples of both countries.