Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Dec. 16
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
A two-day meeting of the Turkmen-Afghan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation will kick off in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Dec. 16, a source close to the talks told Trend.
Following the talks, a protocol on cooperation in trade, energy, transport, communications and agrarian sector will be signed.
Recently Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers that Turkmenistan "attaches a great importance" to the strengthening of a mutually beneficial partnership in economic, trade, scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation with neighbouring countries, according to the country's media outlets.
The Turkmen leader said the main task of the Turkmen-Afghan commission is "to define mutual interests and to develop effective tools for implementation of the existing solid potential to further build a productive partnership".
Turkmenistan, which has a long border with Afghanistan, has repeatedly put forward a number of initiatives on economic and social revival of its neighbor. These initiatives have been appreciated by the UN and the OSCE.
In early 2013 Ashgabat hosted an international meeting on assistance to Afghanistan, which brought together representatives of neighboring states, international organizations and potential donor countries.
Works are underway for creation of the Atamyrat-Imamnazar-Akina-Andhoi (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan) railway at Ashgabat's initiative.
Ashgabat is also working on a project that allows significantly increasing the volume of exports of Turkmen electricity to Afghanistan.
Construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is one of the largest proposed projects. The formation of an international consortium for this pipeline's construction is being carried out at the moment.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.