This is a great pleasure and privilege that on October 8, 2019 as the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Turkmenistan, I presented my Letter of Credence to H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov the Esteemed President of Turkmenistan.

H.E. the President cordially welcomed me to the ancient and hospitable Turkmen land that I highly appreciate.

From personal attention and investment of the two Presidents and the deep ties between the people of our countries, I feel the length, depth and width of the Afghan- Turkmen friendship and the responsibility as Afghan Ambassador in Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have deep bonds of friendship, good neighborhood and sincere brotherly relations for decades, and we were the part of great civilization of Asia for centuries.

The basis of relations and cooperation is first and foremost, mutual respect. We respect and love the Turkmen people and they respect and love the Afghan people.

We have unique relations with Turkmenistan and deep mutual interests which means that both countries are playing central role in enhancing trade, transit and connectivity in the region and beyond.

We have major economic projects such as TAPI, TAP, Power Transmission, Transportation and the Lapis Lazuli Trade and Transit Corridor that links South Asia to Europe and Caucuses.

The implementation of these important and huge economic projects will play significant role and contribution in strengthening security and stability as well as enhancing prosperity in the region. We see a strategic prospective for Afghanistan and its role in the region and beyond.

At the same time, over the past years, Turkmenistan has provided valuable contribution to peace and stability in Afghanistan. It also assisted in various areas such as building of schools, hospitals, roads, railways, humanitarian assistance and education of Afghan students in Turkmenistan.

I strongly believe that there is a huge potential of mutual cooperation and in my capacity as Ambassador and my colleagues in the Embassy, we will spare no effort to give a new impulse to further development of the existing brotherly and good neighborhood relations between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.



Najibullah Alikhil