Turkmenistan, Baku, June 12 / Trend H. Hasanov /
"The Turkmen side is ready to provide its own political space to hold inter-Afghani peace talks under UN aegis, as well as necessary conditions for such a process," Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov said at the meeting of the Council of SCO member-states, observer-countries and distinguished guests.
"We stand for peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. It means the development of new political and diplomatic mechanisms for resolving the Afghan problem," he said, recalling that United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy Central Asia was opened in December 2007 in Ashgabat.
"Afghanistan is our neighbor and friend. That is why we always pay great attention to the difficult issues related to Afghanistan. We support international efforts to bring peace and security in Afghanistan, the reconstruction of the socio-economic infrastructure," he said.
Berdimuhammedov noted that Turkmenistan will continue to assist the Afghan people, primarily in the humanitarian sphere, in the construction of social infrastructure, supplies of electricity and fuel. It is a concrete contribution to the economic development of Afghanistan.
"Being deeply interested in establishing reliable guarantees of universal peace and security, Turkmenistan is considering the strengthening of stability in the Central Asian and Caspian regions, and of course in Afghanistan as one of the main priorities," he stressed.
"Turkmenistan's foreign policy remains unchanged. It follows the fundamental principles of positive neutrality, carries out a strategic partnership for global peace, progress and creative development with all countries and competent international organizations, including SCO.