U.S. – Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations

Office of the Spokesperson

Today, Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale welcomed Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov on the occasion of the sixth U.S.-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations.

On November 20, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells conducted the U.S.-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations with a delegation of Government of Turkmenistan officials led by Foreign Minister Meredov.  The Annual Bilateral Consultations, which were established in 2010, are a structured policy dialogue designed to build mutual trust and advance our common agenda and opportunities for cooperation across the full range of bilateral and regional issues.

During the consultations, participants discussed all aspects of the U.S.-Turkmenistan relationship, including political developments, regional stability and security, human rights and labor, religious freedom, education, cultural cooperation and exchanges, and economic development and trade.  The United States looks forward to broadening and deepening its relationship with Turkmenistan on the basis of continued constructive conversations.

Foreign Minister Meredov also met today with Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

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