Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Turkmenistan celebrated Afghanistan’s 100 years of Independence in a glorious gathering with the presence of Mr. Chakiyev Mammethan Berdymyradovich Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Mr. Hajiyev Vepa Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors, members of Diplomatic Corps, International Organizations and Afghan citizens.
Mirwais Nab, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomed the guests and congratulated the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Afghanistan’s National Day and express his tribute to the victims of freedom and independence.
Mr. Nab mentioned that we are celebrating our National Day on the time when the day before yesterday the savage terrorists martyred and injured dozens of Afghan children, women and civilians, committing crimes against humanity.
Mr. Nab noted that our message to the terrorists and their supporters is clear. They cannot defeat us by killing innocent, but each single attack of this dark force of history raises dozens of reasons in us to confront them.
He added: We are proud that the people of Afghanistan in their history have always been a fighter for freedom and independence in the region and around the world. The confrontation and constant dedication of the Afghan people to the invaders was an inspiration for freedom and independence in other countries. At the moment, the people and Government of Afghanistan are also at the forefront of the fight against International Terrorism and Extremism in the region and around the world.
Over the past hundred years, Afghanistan has witnessed bloody and devastating aggression. But despite this, the Afghan people for last nineteen years were able to take concrete steps in creating a democratic society, achieving economic, scientific and cultural development.
During these years, Afghanistan was able to achieve visible progress in the implementation of infrastructure projects and the implementation of fundamental plans.
The development of friendly and strategic relations with the countries of the region and the world demonstrates the national and firm will of the Government of Afghanistan to progress.
The security forces of Afghanistan, in cooperation with the international communities are fighting the terrorist and extremist groups of the countries in the region and beyond.
The fight against terrorism and extremism is not only the task of the Afghan people.
Expressing gratitude to the cooperation of International Communities, I would like to note the fact that Afghanistan is currently a security shield for the Central Asian and other neighboring countries in the fight against extremist and terrorist forces.
The main desire of the Afghan people is to ensure sustainable peace, strengthen justice, stability, and economic development of Afghanistan.
Therefore, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, with responsibility and perseverance, confronts the terrorist groups, and at the same time opens its doors to peace negotiations.
In addition, the government pays great attention to the implementation of large-scale projects that will create jobs, ensure regional economic integration and contribute to the eradication of poverty.
Despite the fact that undeclared war and terrorism causes enormous pain and torment which leads to numerous casualties among the innocent people of Afghanistan, nothing can harm the strong will and solidarity of the Afghan people in achieving peace, stability and development, which are fundamental rights of the people.
Under any conditions, the Afghan people will not deviate from the historical achievements of two decades in the fields of political, economic and social development, which are also guaranteed in the our constitution.
He added: As a hub of trade and transit, Afghanistan sees its national interest in cooperation with other countries of the region and the world.
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with full seriousness actively participates in the implementation of large scale projects in cooperation with the countries of the region, in particular with our friend and brotherly Turkmenistan such as TAPI, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Tajikistan railway lines, Turkmenistan-Herat railway lines, 500kW transmission line , Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan, 500 kW power line. TUTAP, the construction of the Turgundi, Herat, Chemen highway, the Chabahar-Khuwaf-Herat railway line, as well as in such large regional projects like CASA -1000 and the Lapis Lazuli Trade and Transit Corridor.
Mr. Nab expressed his gratitude to His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan for long-term cooperation and the attention and assistance rendered in the implementation of these projects.
Successful implementation of these projects will contribute to job creation, social well-being throughout the region, and help the fight against extremism and terrorism.
In addition, these projects will form the basis for investment (attraction) of investments, economic development and regional integration, as well as create a vacuum for the activities of groups that cause panic.
The implementation and commissioning of the aforementioned Regional Infrastructure projects will turn Afghanistan into a natural hub of trade and transit between the Central Asian region and South Asia, and will prove that economic integration and regional development projects have the results of a “win-win” result for all countries of the region.
In this regard, the start of construction of several large projects such as the Lapis Lazuli Trade and Transit Corridor and TAPI Pipeline are evidence of the significant role of Turkmenistan in economic development, ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Highlighting the friendly relationship between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan Mr. Nab said: In recent years, friendly relations between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan have developed at a rapid pace. The signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, the numerous visits of the Presidents of the two countries to Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, the visits of Mr. Meredov the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, as well as dozens of visits by dignitaries of the two states are evidence of the development of relations between two sincere neighbors having a common identical culture and civilization.
The commonality in religion, language, culture and history of the two nations are deep and inseparable.
He said: that the people and government of the two countries have transformed historical closeness into political and economic integration.
The deep relations between the two countries in various fields such as politics, economics, energy, transit and culture are testament to a wise long-sighted policy.
I want to thank the people and government of Turkmenistan, as well as His Excellency Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov President of Turkmenistan for providing support to the people of Afghanistan to achieve peace, stability and progress, in particular, for the proposal to provide the political field of Turkmenistan for holding peace talks.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Chakiyev Mammethan Berdymyradovich Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on behalf of H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov President of Turkmenistan, the Government of Turkmenistan expressed his sincere congratulations on the occasion of the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the Independence of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and wished all the brotherly people of Afghanistan further progress and prosperity.
He added: Since the first days of Independence, relations between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have been developing on the principles of mutual respect and equal partnership, and ethnic, spiritual and cultural proximity are the main components of relations between the peoples of the two countries.
Turkmenistan fully supports the efforts of the international community aimed at ensuring a prosperous life for the Afghan people and providing practical assistance in the socio-economic revival and sustainable development of Afghanistan.
Of great importance are large-scale projects for the construction of the transnational gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway, as well as power lines to Afghanistan.
Within the framework of regularly held events, a wide range of issues relating to bilateral trade and economic relations, as well as promising directions for their development, are discussed.
Mr. Chakiyev added: Our neighboring states also work closely in the educational field. Hundreds of Afghan boys and girls, having received education in Turkmenistan, work in the civil service, in various sectors of the economy of Afghanistan. So, at present, Afghan students are studying in several higher educational institutions of our country.
He added: We are absolutely sure that our cooperation will continue to actively develop for the benefit of our peoples. And in this work a large role is given to diplomatic missions. In this regard, I would like to thank the distinguished Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the entire staff of the Embassy for their successful work.