President Ashraf Ghani met today morning with Rashid Meredov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and his accompanying delegation and discussed expansion of bilateral ties, trade and transit, regional connectivity projects, border security, cultural exchanges, at the Presidential Palace.
The president congratulated the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan’s neutrality to the delegation and said, “Turkmenistan has been pivotal in my foreign policy since I assume the office because it extended the hand of friendship to Afghanistan.”
The president underscored that TAPI is not only a gas pipeline, but a great economic corridor for Afghanistan and the region, calling it a golden opportunity that can bring regional transformation and development. He added that Afghanistan will draw on Turkmenistan’s experiences to develop its resources.
The president said alongside TAPI, fiber optics, and TAP transmission line that carries electrical energy from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan link the region with the Europe.
President Ghani welcomed Turkmenistan’s willingness to extend transit and trade partnership with Afghanistan and added that Afghanistan intends to seek Turkmenistan’s cooperation in areas including extension of railway to Afghanistan and establishing gas power plant in Herat.
“Our bilateral relations will provide an opportunity for our Turkmen fellows to pursue their higher studies in Turkmenistan,” said the president while underscoring that the government will make investments to promote Turkmen like other languages in the country.
The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan expressed his country’s commitment to cooperate with Afghanistan in multiple areas, and stressed that relevant offices and authorities of the two countries would begin their collective work on implementation of the projects at the soonest opportunity with the objective of extending cooperation with Afghanistan and ensuring regional connectivity.