Ashraf Ghani considers the TAPI project as the main economic corridor for Afghanistan and the region

On Saturday February 1, the delegation of Turkmenistan led by Vice-premier, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, was received by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, the press service of the administration of the head of the IRA informs.

Meredov conveyed warm greetings and respect to the President and people of Afghanistan on behalf of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and reaffirmed the readiness of Turkmenistan to boost bilateral relations in various sectors of cooperation, especially in the trade-and-economy.

For his part, Ghani stressed that Afghanistan and Turkmenistan are two fraternal countries and congratulated the President and people of Turkmenistan on the 25th anniversary of neutrality.

The President of the IRA emphasized that, from the very beginning, Turkmenistan was the priority of the foreign policy, and thanked the country for the fact that Turkmenistan offered a helping hand to Afghanistan. He added that the TAPI project is considered not just a gas pipeline, but also an important economic corridor for Afghanistan and the region. The TAPI is a great opportunity that would bring the region change in the economy and development.

Ashraf Ghani noted that along with the TAPI gas pipeline project, Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan power line (TAP) and a fiber optic communication line projects will be implemented, which would connect a large project with regional, regional and European associations. “We would to expand cooperation with Turkmenistan in the transit and trade sectors, and the expansion and development of the railroad in Afghanistan is part of this cooperation,” he added.

President Ghani said that Afghanistan, in cooperation with Turkmenistan, would facilitate the gas supply process in Herat province. In addition, he emphasized the importance of humanitarian ties between the two countries, saying that the Turkmen language study is promoted in his country a and the ethnic Turkmens of Afghanistan will be given the opportunity to study in Turkmenistan as part of an educational dialogue.

The delegation of Turkmenistan informed the Afghan side about the readiness of Turkmenistan to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the neighboring country on a systematic basis.

In addition, meetings between the Turkmen delegation and the Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, the adviser of the president on national security, the foreign minister and a number of heads of other state agencies of the IRA, were held, the website of the Turkmen foreign ministry states.
As part of the visit, negotiations between the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the head of UNAMA Tadamichi Yamamoto were held at the Kabul headquarters of the Mission.

On February 2, during a short working visit to New Delhi, a meeting between the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan and Mr.Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, was held. During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the current state and prospects of development of Turkmen-Indian relations, discussed the issues related to the regional and international agenda that of mutual interest, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informs.