9 Apr 2018 10:17

Turkmen, N. Korean FMs note need to strengthen cooperation

ASHGABAT. April 9 (Interfax) - Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and North Korean Foreign Ministry Ri Yong Ho have noted the need for the further development of bilateral relations, including regional and international peace and security.

"At the beginning of the meeting analyzing the state of affairs in relations between Turkmenistan and North Korea, the parties advocated the need for their further development. In this context the parties discussed proposals on the development of cooperation in various areas of cooperation that are of mutual interest," the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement in the wake of the meeting of the two ministers in Ashgabat on Saturday.

The two ministers stressed "mutual interest in the expansion of political and diplomatic cooperation and noted the role of interaction between the foreign ministries of the two countries," it said.

"Discussing international cooperation, the parties noted the need for the strengthening of cooperation within the framework of international organizations, including the establishment regional and international peace and security," the ministry said.

Ri also met with members of the Turkmen parliament, the Turkmen state news agency reported on Sunday.

The meeting stressed the importance of expansive constructive dialogue between Turkmenistan and North Korea in various areas, while the North Korean delegation favored strengthening inter-parliamentary ties, the report said.

The North Korean delegation also visited Ashgabat's important museums and other sights.