Turkmen FM leaves for Afghanistan with peaceful initiative
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 20 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmen Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov left for Kabul on Tuesday, the official Turkmen source said.
Meredov will take part in an international conference on Afghanistan.
Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan. The idea of holding the inter-Afghan peace talks in Ashgabat under the UN aegis was voiced a month ago.
"The Turkmen side is ready to provide its own political space to hold the inter-Afghan peace talks under the UN auspices, as well as provide the necessary conditions for such a process," Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov said at the meeting of the Council of SCO Member-States' presidents.
"We stand for peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. It means the development of new political and diplomatic mechanisms for resolving the Afghan problems," he said, recalling that United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy Central Asia was opened in Ashgabat in December 2007.
Turkmenistan renders humanitarian assistance to the neighboring state and builds social infrastructure facilities. Electricity and fuel are supplied on concessional terms.
Moreover, a large-scale project for laying a gas pipeline to India and Pakistan for the supply of Turkmen gas is connected with Afghanistan, having an unstable situation for a long time.