Letter: Moscow diary

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Sir: I saw on my return to Moscow John Walsh's diary piece of 16 March, putting Turkmenistan in the Caucasus and the visiting British ambassador in Coventry.

The facts are that, on 17 and 18 March, I had meetings in Ashgabat with the president, with four deputy prime ministers (one of whom is also foreign minister) and with the minister of agriculture. Other members of my party had meetings in parallel at senior levels in the Central Bank, the Central Statistical Office, and the Ministries of Defence, Education, Electricity and Social Affairs. Our Turkmen hosts could not have been more friendly and accessible.

Yours faithfully,



British Embassy


20 March