Germany and Turkmenistan: Bilateral relations

06.03.2024 - Article

Political relations

The central element of Turkmen foreign policy is the country’s permanent neutrality. Turkmenistan pursues a policy geared to compromise, stability and peace in the region with a focus on the international framework. Germany is one of four EU member states (along with France, Italy and Romania) with an Embassy in the capital, while the EU is represented by a delegation. Turkmenistan has an Embassy in Berlin and a Consulate in Frankfurt am Main. On 29 September 2023, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, visited Germany and had meetings with Federal Chancellor Scholz and Federal President Steinmeier in Berlin. Over the years, German-Turkmen relations have developed well but they do require ongoing support at political level.


In Turkmenistan, German businesses are considered reliable partners supplying sustainable high-quality products. In 2023, bilateral trade amounted to 220 million euro.

Development and cultural cooperation

As a middle income country, Turkmenistan is not one of Germany’s partner countries for bilateral development cooperation. Governmental development cooperation does however take place through regional projects for Central Asia focusing particularly on spheres in which challenges can be tackled more successfully at regional and cross‑border level, such as climate and environmental protection, management of natural resources and disaster risk reduction.

In Turkmenistan, there are two PASCH schools (members of the initiative Schools: Partners for the Future), while the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has two lectors in the country. There are four university partnerships with Turkmenistan in place.


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