Turkmenistan, US discuss situation in Afghanistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 4
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Ashgabat, the Turkmen government said on Nov. 4.
The two sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the troubles in Afghanistan.
Both sides confirmed their readiness for further joint efforts to promote global peace and security and counteract modern challenges and threats, which are a concern for all of humanity.
The significant role played by Turkmenistan's neutral, peaceful, constructive foreign policy was stressed as it was an important factor in ensuring stability and creating conditions for sustainable development in the Central Asian region.
Berdimuhamedow also expressed gratitude to the United States for supporting Turkmenistan's neutral status and especially for its constructive position in adopting the resolution of the UN General Assembly on Turkmenistan's permanent neutrality.
Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan. It participates in a number of interregional projects, including the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, which is supported by the White House.
The message said the representatives of large businesses in the United States had shown great interest in expanding their participation in the promising Turkmen market and taking part in new joint projects.
The promising areas of partnership between Turkmenistan and the United States include the energy sector, transport and communications, industry, agriculture, and advanced technology.