Turkmenistan, Afghanistan agree on cooperation
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.21
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed to develop cooperation in the energy and transport spheres, RIA Novosti reported Jan. 21.
Ashraf Ghani is on a state visit to Ashgabat.
During the negotiations, Berdimuhamedov said that the trade turnover between the two countries exceeded $1 billion in 2014, adding that there are all the prerequisites to double this figure in 2015.
Turkmenistan sells petroleum products to Afghanistan through the terminals on Turkmen-Afghan border and carries out the preferential supply of electricity to the northern provinces of the country.
Berdimuhamedov said that currently the construction of another terminal for shipment of petroleum products and a new gas-turbine power station is underway in Turkmenistan, adding that this will allow to significantly increase the volume of supply of energy resources to Afghanistan.
The sides also emphasized the significance of transport projects in the development of bilateral economic cooperation. They discussed the issues related to the construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway and Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia transport and transit corridor.
Afghan president said he supports all the energy, transit and transport projects between the two countries. He added that Afghanistan is ready to ensure the transit of Turkmen natural gas and electricity to China and other countries through its territory.
The presidents signed a joint statement following the negotiations.
Meanwhile, the sides signed a memorandum of understanding on the further cooperation in electricity sphere, as well as a cooperation program between the foreign ministries of the two countries for 2016-2017.
Translated by LZ
Edited by CN