Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 17
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The State Customs Service of Turkmenistan hosted a meeting with the delegation of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency under the US Department of Defense, Trend reports with reference to the Turkmen State Customs Service.
The parties discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the field of security and the exchange of ideas regarding the management of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergency cases, disaster response as a result of man-made and natural disasters, as well as problems associated with weapons of mass destruction.
Turkmenistan, having the status of positive neutrality, has a long border with Afghanistan and has repeatedly offered to hold talks in Ashgabat under the auspices of the UN to restore peace in the neighboring state.
Ashgabat provides humanitarian aid to the neighboring state and builds social infrastructure facilities, supplies of electricity and fuel are carried out on preferential terms. Turkmenistan started carrying out a major project, the implementation of which will make it possible to increase the export of electricity to Afghanistan five times.
A large-scale project to lay gas pipeline to India and Pakistan for the supply of Turkmen gas is also related to the territory of Afghanistan, where unstable situation has remained for a long time. Observers believe that the implementation of this project may contribute to the restoration of Afghanistan, as it will allow creating jobs and provide the country with guaranteed income from transit.