Turkmenistan, UN mull regional situation
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 4
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Rashid Khalikov, UN assistant secretary general for humanitarian partnerships with Middle East and Central Asia, exchanged views on the issues of the international agenda in Ashgabat, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message.
According to the message, Turkmenistan’s active humanitarian support for the Central Asian countries and beyond was stressed.
Khalikov expressed interest in further intensification of the partnership, the message said.
According to the message, the issues of further consolidation of the efforts through the exchange of experience, as well as learning from the various practices of rendering humanitarian aid were also discussed.
Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s economy was virtually destroyed due to the civil war.
Ashgabat put forward a number of proposals to the UN for the restoration of Afghanistan.
As an active participant in the implementation of the program of activities as part of the Istanbul Process, Turkmenistan offers to host the seventh regional economic cooperation conference on Afghanistan in 2017.
Turkmenistan has worked out a program to provide Afghanistan with humanitarian aid.
The program envisages a set of measures, including the construction of social facilities in Afghanistan, the opening of the shopping mall, the supply of humanitarian goods.
Turkmen electricity is supplied to the northern Afghan provinces on preferential terms. Ashgabat also initiated a number of large projects related to Afghanistan, in particular, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project and the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway project.