Turkmenistan expects official visit of Afghan president
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Feb. 16
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Preparation for the official visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Turkmenistan was discussed at the recent meeting of the Turkmen government, Trend reports with reference to the local TV channel Turkmenistan.
Following the bilateral talks at the highest level, the signing of a number of important documents aimed at further strengthening the mutually beneficial Turkmen-Afghan cooperation in priority areas is envisaged, the report said.
“The relations between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have become significantly more active and have reached qualitatively new level,” the Turkmen president said.
Standing for resolving the situation in Afghanistan by exclusively peaceful political and diplomatic means, Turkmenistan is taking concrete steps aimed at restoring the economy and social infrastructure of the neighboring country, the Turkmen president noted.
Turkmenistan is lobbying for the implementation of a number of regional infrastructure projects with the participation of Afghanistan. Turkmenistan is particularly working on the implementation of such projects involving Afghanistan as the construction of a railway to Tajikistan and a gas pipeline to Pakistan and India.
Projects are also being assessed on the use of Afghan transit routes for the supply of Turkmen electricity. Furthermore, work is underway to create an Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey transport corridor heading to Europe.
The Lapis Lazuli transit project envisions railways and highways connecting the city of Torghundi in Afghanistan’s Herat Province with Ashgabat, and further with the Caspian port of Turkmenbashi. The corridor will continue to Baku, then through Tbilisi to Ankara with branches in Poti and Batumi, and then from Ankara to Istanbul.