Canada’s Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, is accredited to Turkmenistan, while the Turkmenistan Embassy in Washington, D.C. is accredited to Canada.
High-Level Visits and Bilateral Agreements
Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai visited Turkmenistan in January 2010, where he met with Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and other senior officials.
Turkmenistan expressed its gratitude for Canadian support in 2008, when Canada supported Turkmenistan’s resolution on “Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation” at the United Nations General Assembly.
Canada and Turkmenistan are both members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which is active in the region.
Canadian Development Assistance
While Canada does not directly provide bilateral assistance to Turkmenistan, the country does benefit from the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) contributions to multilateral organizations.
Military and Defense Cooperation
Canada and Turkmenistan cooperate on issues of mutual concern. Turkmenistan is the only country in Central Asia that signed the Ottawa Convention on anti-personnel mines, although Tajikistan subsequently acceded to the treaty after it came into force.
Trade and Investment
Canada's commercial interests in Turkmenistan are very limited. Canadian merchandise exports in 2014 were $13.9 million, and were mostly in machinery and mechanical products. Imports from Turkmenistan in 2014 almost doubled over the previous year to $1.9 million, primarily in miscellaneous textile articles. However, a number of Canadian oil & gas companies have businesses in or with Turkmenistan. In June 2010, DFATD, in collaboration with the private sector, organized a visit by a Turkmen delegation of senior government officials to the Calgary Global Petroleum Show.
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