Monday, March 1, 2010

Turkmenistan News on the 'Net

Turkmenistan's AFC Challenge Cup run ended with a loss to North Korea, 1-0 in the finals.

Neil Bush, brother of President George W. Bush and son of President George H.W. Bush, visited Turkmenistan and passed on the best wishes of his father and to President Berdimuhamedov and conveyed the hopes of the U.S. business community for strengthened relations between the countries.

Perhaps reflecting warmer relations between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are on the horizon, announced that Dashoguz will host a festival of Turkmen/Uzbek friendship in September 2010.

Gas consulting services firm Gaffney Cline & Associates believes that Turkmenistan has the fourth-largest natural gas reserves in the world, but Russia isn't so sure.

President Berdimuhamedov is not pleased with the condition of the Asghabat ring road

Turkmenistan has given Russia 2 male leopards to help restore the wildlife stock in Sochi.  Now Iran announced it, too will donate 2 leopards.  Russia is hoping to allay environmental concerns stemming from the massive infrastructure construction necessary to prepare for the Olympics.

Correction from the last blog post: Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative, did not visit Turkmenistan during his Central Asian swing due to "scheduling conflicts ."

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