Ashgabat, 10 January 2022 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reports that Turkmenistan is following with concern the events taking place in recent days in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Based on centuries-old ties of friendship and brotherhood, good neighborly relations, and relations of strategic partnership, we are sincerely interested in the soonest normalization of the situation in the country, in the further stable socio-political and socio-economic development of Kazakhstan.

We express a firm belief that such qualities as wisdom, foresight, deep respect for the customs and traditions of the ancestors, tolerance, always inherent in the ancient Kazakh people, will serve as a solid foundation for solving all arising issues in the constitutional and legal framework and accordance with international norms and rules.

TURKMENISTAN-KAZAKHSTAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS 

Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan established diplomatic relations in 5th October on 1992. Currently, Kazakhstan has an Embassy in Ashgabat and a consulate in Turkmenbashy. On the other side, Turkmenistan has an embassy in Nur-Sultan and a consulate in Aktau.

Both countries signed the Contract on friendship and the cooperation in 1993; in Ashgabat. In 1997, both signed the declaration between the Republic of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan on development of further cooperation.

That declaration confirmed the determination of both countries to develop mutually beneficial cooperation in the spirit of openness and mutual understanding in all areas which are of mutual interest.

In the document, both countries agreed to maintain intensive and constructive dialogue and consultations at all levels. This is important to further strengthening of the bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Both also agreed that mutual respect and equality are the important principles to maintain and develop their relations. The countries also have Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan agreements on trade and economic cooperation.

Those agreements had the goal of creating  favorable conditions to develop an advantageous partnership. In 2017, the Presidents of both countries signed the strategic partnership agreement for further cooperation and on border issues.

They also signed joint statements by the two presidents; and an agreement on demarcation of the Kazakh-Turkmen state border. Other signed documents were the  agreement between the two governments on the Kazakh-Turkmen Intergovernmental Commission and agreements on mutual protection of confidential information.