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Ashgabat/Turkmenistan-January 25, 2018: Turkmenistan men. Turkmenistan men sitting on the carpet playing national musical instruments. desert. red carpet

U.S. Relationship

Independence monument and National Library in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Independence monument and National Library in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

U.S.-Turkmenistan Relations

The United States established diplomatic relations with Turkmenistan in 1992 following its independence from the Soviet Union. Turkmenistan exercises a foreign policy of “positive neutrality” — avoiding alignment with great powers yet actively engaging in numerous international and regional initiatives. The country occupies a critical geographic juncture, sharing long borders with Afghanistan and Iran, and acts as a transportation, humanitarian,
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Independence monument and National Library in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

U.S. Assistance to Turkmenistan

U.S. foreign assistance objectives include strengthening Turkmenistan’s capacity to manage its international borders and cooperate on regional security issues, encouraging the Government of Turkmenistan to loosen restrictions on civil society, increasing access to quality higher education and health, sponsoring experts to assist Turkmenistan in reducing its methane emissions, promoting private sector development, economic reforms, workforce development and institutional changes to
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Independence monument and National Library in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Bilateral Economic Relations

Turkmenistan’s vast natural gas and oil resources continue to attract foreign companies to explore doing business in the country, but the Government of Turkmenistan has yet to implement reforms needed to create an inviting business climate, such as allowing onshore natural gas production-sharing agreements. Turkmenistan has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the United States and other Central
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Integrated Country Strategies

The Integrated Country Strategy is the four-year strategy articulating U.S. priorities in a given country. The Chief of Mission leads the strategy.

Fiscal Transparency Report

The Fiscal Transparency Report analyzes government transparency and identifies needed changes to improve public spending accountability.

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