On October 7 in 2012 President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left Ashgabat for the Republic of France to attend the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse races, the most prestigious event in the equestrian sport all over the world as a Guest of Honour. 

Director General of the France Galop International Horse Races Organisation Hubert Monzat and Director of the Pegasus Farms Ltd Herve Barjot greeted the distinguished guest at the hippodrome.

In the VIP lounge President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with Director General of the Cifal Company Gilles Remy. The prospects of cooperation on a number of priority spheres were discussed during the meeting.

Then a spectacular show started.

It should be noted that a Turkmen jockey Begenchmyrat Agamyradov riding the Gulsary horse took part in the competitions in the fifth round.

After the sixth round the President of Turkmenistan held a meeting with the delegation of Turkmen horse breeders, who arrived in France on a working visit.

Turkmen specialists reported on the outcomes of the meetings they had held. The Turkmen leader focused on the practical component of studying the best foreign experience in the sphere of horse breeding and underlined the necessity to widen the scientific basis of the national breeding work and develop various equestrian sports in our country. 

The President of Turkmenistan expressed deep gratitude to Director of the Pegasus Farms Ltd Herve Barjot, who attended the meeting, for his assistance in organization of the visit of the Turkmen delegation of horse breeders to the Republic of France.

The rich programme of the visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the Republic of France included the short working meetings with the representatives of the state structures of France. Thus, the Turkmen leader held meetings with Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fishing and Rural Affairs Mr. Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Budget Mr. Jérôme Cahuzac, Senator and Chairman of the Interparliamentary Group of Friendship “France – Central Asia”. The issues of cooperation and prospects of bilateral collaboration in the relevant spheres were discussed during the meetings. The Turkmen leader invited the heads of the ministries and departments of the Republic of France to visit Turkmenistan to consider the existing potential for widening cooperation. 

The urgent aspects of developing the foreign-policy relations were discussed during the meeting with the high ranking French diplomats.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held a meeting with a representative of the ruling dynasty of the State of Qatar Mr Al Thani to discuss the issues of the Turkmen-Qatari cooperation.

Moreover, the Turkmen leader discussed the issues of cooperation with the head of the Bouygues French Company Mr Martin Bouygues, the head of the VINCI Construction Grands Projects Mr Alain Bonnot, the head of the Total Concern Christophe de Margerie. The President of Turkmenistan held a meeting with the head of the France Galop International Horse Racing Organisation Bertrand Bélinguier.