Video Conference Call between the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

KABUL – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar held a video conference call with the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Mr Elmar Mammadyarov and the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Mr Rasit Meredov.

Following the trilateral VTC meeting held by the Presidents of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on July 2, 2020 today’s meeting focused on developing policies and implementation mechanisms as well as discussing proposal agreed to by the leaders of the three countries.

As discussed in the heads of government meeting, the parties deliberated on the potential implementing mechanisms for broadening tripartite cooperation in energy, transport, trade and investment. All parties agreed on the policies and implementation mechanisms for expanding cooperation and agreed on creating a tripartite working groups including one on transport to implement the planned proposals. The working group is set to meet on July 27, 2020.

All parties agreed to utilize the Lapis Lazuli Corridor agreement to expand trade and transport links between the three countries; extend the fiber optic corridor; extend railways; promote mutual investment; align customs processes; simplify tax tariffs and create sectorial working groups.

All parties agreed to hold regular ministerial meetings on the matter.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of I.R. Afghanistan