In Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe August 31, Turkmen deputy prime minister and foreign minister Boris Shikhmuradov confirmed the Turkmen government’s willingness to host in Ashgabat the next round of inter-Tajik negotiations planned to open September 18. While emphasizing that Turkmenistan takes no sides in the conflict, Shikhmuradov announced that agreement was reached on opening a Turkmen embassy in Dushanbe. The sides also prepared for the Turkmen-Tajik-Iranian talks on supplying Tajikistan with oil and gas from Turkmenistan and Iran, Interfax reported.
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