In a conversation with EU President Berdymukhamedov refused to accept Afghan refugees due to the danger of the spread of COVID-19

a telephone conversation took place between President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the European Council Charles Michel .

According to the state news agency TDH , the president said that "he carefully familiarized himself with the assessments of Charles Michel about the situation in Afghanistan, as well as with the vision of the European side on multilateral cooperation on this issue."

As for Turkmenistan, its position is based on three principles:

• settlement of the situation in Afghanistan only by peaceful, political and diplomatic measures;

• further advancement of issues related to the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline, the TAP power transmission line, as well as railways connecting Afghanistan with Turkmenistan;

• Providing ongoing humanitarian support to Afghanistan to facilitate peacebuilding processes. Here the head of state recalled that Turkmenistan regularly sends humanitarian aid to its neighbors.

Berdymukhamedov also said that the checkpoint is operating normally. "The bulk of supplies to Afghanistan are oil products, liquefied gas, grain, and consumer goods," the president said, adding that electricity is regularly supplied to Afghanistan, and Turkmen diplomats are in regular contact with the Taliban.

Touching upon the issue of receiving refugees, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that " in the current difficult epidemiological conditions, it is necessary to make sensible decisions on the admission of refugees and, along with other aspects of humanitarian issues, first of all, one should seriously assess the risks of a large-scale spread of the deadly coronavirus infection."

At the end of the conversation, the President invited Charles Michel to celebrate the Day of Neutrality of Turkmenistan.

On his Twitter account, the EU President said he had "discussed with President Berdymukhamedov the latest developments in Afghanistan."

The message also states that “it is necessary to avoid a humanitarian and human rights crisis and to address the risks of violent extremism and drug trafficking for the entire region. Expressed the support of the European Union to partners from Central Asia ”.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan