Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan sign Memorandum on railway construction
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 20 / Trend H. Hasanov
In Ashgabat has held a trilateral meeting of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, State News Agency Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) reported.
On results of meeting were made appropriate arrangements and signed an important document - the Memorandum of Understanding between Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Tajikistan on the construction of the railway "Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan."
"According to the unanimous opinion of the parties, the implementation of this ambitious project will contribute not only for strengthen the ties of friendship and fruitful cooperation between the three neighboring countries, but also in the formation of branched-to-date realities of transport infrastructure in the regional and international levels", said in the report.
Leaders of the two neighboring countries arrived in Turkmenistan to participate in the celebration of the international holiday of Novruz.
This issue was discussed in mid-March, during a telephone conversation of Berdymukhamedov with Rahmon.
"The implementation of this project will contribute to the diversification of transport corridors of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, implementation of possibilities of cooperation in the field of transport, including in the context of initiatives of Turkmenistan for developing interregional relations, using the potential of the transport and communication network of the Central Asia, the Caspian and Black Sea regions," - said in government information from Ashgabat.
Turkmen leader expressed confidence that the project will be another effective step to restore the social and economic infrastructure of the brotherly Afghanistan, sustained growth of its economy.
Tajikistan is experiencing a shortage of energy resources, the largest supplier of which in Central Asia is Turkmenistan. Official Dushanbe expects to have access to the energy resources of Turkmenistan, including fossil fuels and wants to increase the supply of petroleum products into the country.