President Niyazov has visited European countries and received
European delegations to promote foreign investments, diplomatic
ties, and applications for membership in international aid organizations.
During talks with officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO--see Glossary) in 1993, Niyazov stated that Turkmenistan
would welcome NATO assistance in the creation of its national
armed forces. In April 1994, French President François Mitterrand
visited Ashgabat, where he signed agreements on investments, cultural
exchange, and tariffs. At that time, France also allocated US$35
million in trade credits for the construction of a presidential
palace. In November 1994, Niyazov toured Austria, Romania, and
Slovakia to attract oil and gas investments.
Data as of March 1996