Foreign ministers from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan in their meeting in Herat province on Saturday agreed to expand bilateral cooperation on economic interactions and the political sphere.
During the two days summit, top diplomats from the two nations are set to discuss five mega projects between the two countries, including developments on Afghanistan’s peace process.
Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the foreign minister of Afghanistan, said that discussions will also focus on the transfer of electricity from Uzbekistan to Herat, as well as the progress on the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), the establishment of railway project between the two countries, export of marbles from Herat to Turkmenistan and bilateral trades through Lapis Lazuli Corridor.
“We will discuss the railway line which will connect not only Afghanistan and Turkmenistan but it will be a connecting point between South and Central Asia,” said Atmar.
“The two countries have common views on all issues such as economic development, prosperity, peace, security and both of us have a common understanding about these components for the region and within the international community,” added Atmar.
Meanwhile, Rashid Meredow, the foreign minister of Turkmenistan, said that his country is firmly committed to supporting the Afghan peace process and the expansion of economic relations with Afghans.
“Afghan and Turkmen officials today and tomorrow will discuss a range of important issues. I want to say that by relying on the cultural commonalities between the two nations, issues that will be discussed at the meeting will have positive results,” said the Turkmen foreign minister.
Both foreign ministers have expressed hope that the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan will be lasting and brotherly in the next generations.