President Ghani inaugurated Lapis Lazuli Route, connecting Afghanistan with Caucuses and Europe

President Ghani inaugurated Lapis Lazuli Route, connecting Afghanistan with Caucuses and Europe

Dec 13, 2018

Afghanistan’s trade and transit routes are expanding as the country dispatched 9 Cargo trucks on Lapis Lazuli Route for the first time Thursday, carrying cotton thread, sesame, watermelon seeds and raisin.

The trucks, carrying 180 tons of dried fruits and cotton thread, will cross into Turkmenistan from Torghundi, Herat, then enter Azerbaijan, and eventually reach Europe after covering 3,050 km, and crossing Georgia and Turkey respectively.

“Our neighbor used to threaten us on regular basis that if they shut trade routes, we will starve to death. Now Afghanistan has access to multiple trade routes,” said President Ghani. “We, instead, will cooperate with our South Asian neighbors in pursuit of mutual benefits, and connect them with Central Asia, Caucuses and Europe via land.”

President Ghani thanked Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey for their investment in revitalization of the route envisioned by Afghanistan, which will benefit the entire region.

The trans-regional trade route encompasses railways and highways, and connects Torghondi, Herat, and Aqina, Faryab with the route.