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Kabul, Ashgabat sign 7 cooperation accords

Kabul, Ashgabat sign 7 cooperation accords

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Jul 04, 2017 - 00:37

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon and Turkmenistan on Monday signed seven bilateral cooperation agreements in the presence of the presidents of the two countries in Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital.

At the head of a high level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani on Monday paid an official visit to Turkmenistan at the request of his Turkmen counterpart  Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Both the presidents talked on the current situation, the future of the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan relations and also on the regional and international issues, a joint statement said after the meeting between the two leaders.

At the end of their meeting, the relevant authorities signed seven bilateral cooperation agreements \between the water ministries of the two countries on supply of Turkmen electricity to Badghis and Jawzjan provinces;

Other agreements were about international road transport, cooperation in carpet industry, regulations on organization of railway communication through the Turkmen-Afghan border between stations Akina- Imamnazar and International Railway checkpoint at the Turkmen-Afghan border.

One agreement was about scientific-educational collaboration between Jawzjan University and Magtymguly Turkmen State University (Turkmenistan) and another about cooperation program of the ministries of foreign affairs  of the two countries for 2018-2019.

Ghani and Berdimuhamedov emphasized on special relations, solidarity and mutual respect between the two countries and put high priority on strengthening ties, the joint statement said.

They emphasized on the role of bilateral consultations in implementation of programs related to bilateral cooperation and had common viewpoints on regional and international issues.

The two presidents stressed on maintaining and developing relations on various levels, such as consultation between the ministries of foreign affairs of both countries.

The presidents shared the same viewpoint on the role of United Nations in maintaining international peace and security and its role in solving global issues.

Both the leaders agreed that peace and stability in Afghanistan would result in regional economic growth, with Turkmenistan declaring its full support to bringing peace and stability to the war-torn country.

The presidents also emphasized on effective role of joint economic-trade commission in expanding bilateral relations and agreed on expanding cooperation in transportation, oil and gas, chemical industry, textile, carpet waving industry, farming and other interesting sectors.

They stated that Afghanistan needed Turkmenistan’s experience in utilizing its natural resources and both emphasized on sharing experiences and expanding cooperation in the sector.

The presidents agreed to develop transportation communication between two the countries by establishing relations in the field.

There was agreement on expanding cooperation in railroad systems and taking certain measures including reconstructioninfo-icon and repairing of the Serhedabad– Turghandi railroad and also expanding Aqina railroad.

About energy production and energy transit projects, particular, emphasis was on implementation of multilateral projects such as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistaninfo-icon-India (TAPI), Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) electricity project, and Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TUTAP) electricity transit project.

Taking into account the transit and transportation potentials of the two countries, the presidents emphasized on Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey trade and transit corridor and Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway.

Implementing the UN initiative on expanding cooperation in transportation sector, the presidents emphasized on the importance of the international conference on sustainable transport which was held on 26-27 November, 2016.

The presidents stressed upon the important role played by security-border commission to expand security relations of both the countries.

They also talked about cultural relations and their role in strengthening multilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan and in building amity between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to have close cooperation in organizing the Fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts (AIMAG) games which will be held in September 2017 in Ashgabat.

President Ghani thanked Berdimuhamedov for his warm hospitality and also invited him to Afghanistan at any suitable time.  Berdimuhamedov accepted the invitation and said a date of the visit would be coordinated through diplomatic channels.

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