The Turkmen side invited the delegation of Afghan government to visit Turkmenistan, according to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry’s press release following the visit of a Turkmen government delegation led by Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov to Kabul on October 30-31.
During his visit to Kabul, Meredov held talks with senior officials of Afghan government.
During the talks with the Chairman of the Afghan government Mohammad Hasan Akhund, the Turkmen side expressed its readiness for constructive dialogue and close cooperation with the new state bodies of Afghanistan.
The Turkmen Foreign Minister said Turkmenistan, as a neighboring state, is deeply interested in the political stability and security of the country, the well-being and unity of the Afghan people, and peaceful resolution of existing contradictions by political and diplomatic means.
The officials focused on stepping up the pace of joint projects. The two countries expressed their readiness for further cooperation to intensify the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line and the railway from Turkmenistan to the provinces of Afghanistan.
The meeting focused on bilateral economic ties, chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet Meredov and acting Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Abdul Salam Hanafi, was attended by the ministers of economy, finance, public works, mines and oil, energy and water resources, communications, trade and industry, information and culture of Afghanistan, and the head of Da Afghanistan Brishna Sherkat energy company.
The meeting featured discussions on a wide range of issues of political and economic interaction between the two countries. The officials considered the issue of stepping up the implementation of joint projects, ensuring their security, as well as expanding interaction between the government and business circles of the countries through intensifying bilateral meetings at various levels.
At the talks with the acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki, Rashid Meredov discussed the priority issues of the bilateral agenda in the field of political, diplomatic and humanitarian cooperation. The Turkmen side also invited the Afghan government delegation to visit Turkmenistan.
The Turkmen-Afghan meeting on security issues, led by Meredov and acting Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Yaqoob, was attended by the Minister of internal affairs and heads of the national security and border services of Afghanistan, and the senior security officials of Turkmenistan.
During the talks, the sides highlighted the significance of continuing efforts to ensure and strengthen security, stability and border interaction. The Afghan side pledged to ensure the security of the common border, and all joint promising economic projects in Afghanistan.