Presidents of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan meet to strengthen ties

TMP – 06/09/2017

Afghan President Ghani paid an official visit to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, in July where he met with his Turkmen counterpart, President Berdimuhamedov, to discuss areas of cooperation between the two countries.
Both presidents agreed that peace and stability in Afghanistan will help to strengthen regional economic growth. They also voiced their support for efforts by the international community to strengthen international laws to tackle organised crime and terrorism.

In addition, the presidents emphasized the effective role of the joint trade commission between the two countries and discussed areas for further economic cooperation.

This includes collaboration in the area of regional infrastructure, such as efforts to develop better railways and transportation routes between the two countries. As part of this, an agreement was reached to begin the reconstruction and repair of the Serhedabad-Turghandi railroad and to expand the Aqina railroad.

The presidents also agreed to expand cooperation between their two countries in the areas of oil and gas, the chemical industry, the textile and carpet weaving industry, and the agricultural sector.

The presidents discussed at length the natural gas pipeline project being developed by the Asian Development Bank, which will transport natural gas from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, into Pakistan and then India. The implementation of this large-scale project will positively impact socio-economic development in both countries.

At the end of the meeting, seven bilateral cooperation agreements were signed.

This includes a cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Energy and Water of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan for the supply of electricity by Turkmenistan to Badghis and Jowzjan provinces in Afghanistan, as well as a collaboration agreement between Jowzjan University in Afghanistan and Magtymguly Turkmen State University.