President of Turkmenistan proposes to hold a ministerial meeting on transport of ECO Member States in Ashgabat

Formation of modern transport and communication system is one of the priority directions of Turkmenistan state policy, said President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov at the ECO summit in Islamabad.

The national program of Turkmenistan transport system development is connected with the expansion of regional and international cooperation in this direction, says the President, stressing that the country initiates large-scale infrastructure projects and implements them jointly with foreign partners.

Among these projects President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov called the construction of transnational railway Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan, creation of transit transport corridors Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman, Afghanistan - Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey.

Speaking of the other transport projects on directions of "North-South", "East-West" the Turkmen leader emphasized that their implementation, corresponding to the interests of the ECO Member States, offers great opportunities for cooperation with other regions on the Eurasian continent.

Two resolutions devoted to the role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation for sustainable development were adopted by United Nations General Assembly in 2014 and 2015. These documents became the basis for holding the first Global Conference on Sustainable Transport in November 2016 in Ashgabat.

For implementation purposes of the decisions of the high-level conference the President of Turkmenistan called for increased cooperation in the framework of ECO, offering in this regard to hold a meeting of transport sector ministers of Member States of the Organization this year in Ashgabat.

Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH