Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 17
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmenistan intends to continue supporting Afghanistan through the current projects, including the construction of large electric power infrastructure, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said during a telephone conversation with Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the Turkmen government said Oct. 17.
President Berdimuhamedov said that the power lines will be brought to the border with Afghanistan this year. This will greatly increase the electricity supply to this country.
"Turkmenistan will continue assisting its neighbor in the construction of social facilities, namely, schools, health care facilities," a statement says.
President Ahmadzai expressed his gratitude for constant assistance in the socio-economic revival of Afghanistan.
"The Afghan people highly appreciate the peaceful policy of neutral Turkmenistan and its international initiatives, including those relating to the Afghan problem," he said.
Turkmenistan has been recently supplying electricity to Afghanistan on concessional terms and on a regular basis.
Turkmenistan plans to generate electricity to 27.4 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020 and to increase its volume to 35.5 billion kW / h by 2030. At present, the work is underway to expand the export of electricity in the direction of Iran and Turkey. Its transportation to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and the Caucasus is being examined.