President Ashraf Ghani met with Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of Cabinet Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan today at the Presidential Palace.
Both sides discussed an array of issues pertaining to expansion of bilateral relations in various areas, regional connectivity projects namely TAPI, TAP, fiber optics and railway; Afghan peace process, and educational scholarships for Afghan youth.
President Ashraf Ghani termed Afghanistan-Turkmenistan relations brotherly and friendly, saying that the relationship continues to deepen in trade, transit, economic and political areas.
Minister Rashid Meredov stressed that the government of Turkmenistan is willing to expand mutual relations. He expressed support for the Afghan government’s vision for regional connectivity, the president’s efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as the Afghan peace process.
Several large projects will be inaugurated in Afghanistan during the current year, the Turkmen Foreign Minister said adding that the operational work of TAPI pipeline has been completed in Turkmenistan’s territory and necessary measures have been adopted to extend the pipeline on the Afghan soil.
President Ashraf Ghani called completion of regional economic projects as the government’s key priority and that Afghanistan is keen to import more electrical power from Turkmenistan.
President Ghani stressed to expand the security, economic and political relations between the two countries and said, “Peace and stability in Afghanistan will lead to peace and stability in the region.”
“We are willing to further expand our bilateral ties and be able to accomplish large projects including TAPI, TAP, fiber optics and railways during the current year,” added the President.
President Ashraf added Turkmenistan has adopted the policy of positive neutrality and established friendly and good relations with all countries particularly with Afghanistan.
The President added that Afghanistan is willing to have good and friendly relations with all its neighbors and does not want to be involved in quarrels of We want good and friendly relations with all our neighbors and don’t want to get involved in quarrels and tensions between the regional countries.
President Ghani said that today Ulema of Turkmenistan have joined other Ulema of the world and condemn the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.