Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speak to the press

Ashgabat and Kabul enter new level of relations. This is the main outcome of today's meeting of the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in Oguzkhan Palaca Complex. The Sides signed number of intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents.

Following the talks, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani hold the briefing for the journalists.

It was mentioned that situation of the region was the main subject of the negotiations. This was about the necessity of consolidation of efforts in provision of stable peace, good neighbourhood and sustainable development in the Central Asia and neighbouring states.

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan confirmed the commitment to peaceful regulations of all disputes and conflict by political means.

It was stated that cooperation in combat against international terrorism, extremism, illegal drugs trafficking, transboundary crime will be continued.

Stabilization of the situation inside the country is an important condition of rapid and efficient revival of the economy of Afghanistan, - the Turkmen leader noted. In this regard, the necessity of realization of large infrastructural projects including in energy and transport with participation of Afghanistan was highlighted.

First of all, this is the construction of Turkmenistan � Afghanistan � Pakistan � India gas pipeline, Turkmenistan � Afghanistan railroad with future extension to Tajikistan border.

Supply of Turkmen electrical energy to Afghanistan was an urgent subject of the negotiations. Joint works for expansion of energy line networks by construction of additional production powers in Afghanistan were discussed.

Taking into account new energy powers in Lebap and Mary Velayats, Turkmenistan will have an opportunity to increase the volumes of energy supplied to Afghanistan in several times as well as to supply it beyond the country borders to other states of the region.

Subjects related to regular 7th Regional Economic Conference for Afghanistan in Ashgabat in November of this year were also reviewed at the meeting.

Turkmenistan will continue supporting Afghanistan in education of students and training of qualified specialists for different branches of economics and social system, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

The Sides agreed to take the efforts for expansion of the trade turnover and seek for new directions of cooperation in this sphere.

Close cooperation will be continued in humanitarian sphere, science, culture, education and sport.

The President of Turkmenistan invited his Afghan colleague to the ceremonial opening of 2017 Asian Games. We treat these Games not just as large international competitions but as an event, which is to consolidate the relations of friendship and brotherhood, cooperation between the countries and nations of the Asia, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has said.

Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper