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25th April 2018 - Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has concluded his official visit to Uzbekistan, which took place on April 23 – 24th. Berdymukhammedov visited the House of Uzbek-Turkmen Friendship, which was recently constructed at the behest of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev.  The two presidents also laid flowers at a monument to the founder of Turkmen national poetry, Mahtumkuli, which was recently erected in the region. Berdymukhammedov began the trip - part of a surge in diplomatic activity in Central Asia since the death of longtime Uzbek leader Islam Karimov in 2016 - with a visit to the Uzbek capital on April 23rd.  Mirziyoev told journalists following the two presidents' talks that Tashkent is ready to take part in the construction of the planned Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural-gas pipeline.  Mirziyoev has said improving ties with Uzbekistan's neighbours is a major priority. He traveled to Turkmenistan in March 2017 in his first official visit abroad as president.

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