President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the First Summit of Heads of State of Türkiye-Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan in Awaza, Turkmenistan on December 13-14.
During the summit, the leaders discussed steps to deepen cooperation between three countries in a variety of areas, while a total of five agreements in areas such as trade, culture, energy, and transport were signed.
Delivering remarks at the tripartite summit, President Erdoğan noted, “The completion of the full membership process of Turkmenistan, which joined our organization as an observer member last year, will boost our strength. We aim to capitalize on new opportunities as they emerge in response to global and regional dynamics to promote the prosperity of our peoples and the stability of our region."
“It is extremely important that we improve our transportation capabilities," President Erdoğan further stressed. “We are going through a period when we must step up our efforts to develop our trade volume. Regional trilateral platforms launched by our respective ministers with their counterparts have yielded positive results. I believe regional cooperation mechanisms and infrastructure projects will contribute to boosting our trade volume and regional stability," added President Erdoğan.
Pivoting to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline and the Southern Gas Corridor, President Erdoğan said, “We should now start working on transporting Turkmen natural gas to Western markets in a similar way. We are ready to cooperate with our fraternal Turkmen and Azerbaijani partners in the Caspian region."