In Afghanistan aspects of a construction of the TAPI gas pipeline were discussed

The delegation of Turkmenistan headed by the vice-chairman of Cabinet Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rasheed Meredov made a working visit to Afghanistan during which issues of deepening of trade and economic partnership, implementations of a number of projects, including TAPI gas pipeline constructions were discussed. It is reported on the website of Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.

In particular, in information it is noted that the delegation of Turkmenistan was accepted by the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Having transferred the warm words of a greeting and respect to the President and the people of Afghanistan on behalf of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Rasheed Meredov confirmed readiness of the Turkmen management for a conclusion of bilateral ties to higher level which is equitable to the long-term interests of two countries.

During negotiations parties expressed the need deepenings of partnership in political, trade and economic and cultural and humanitarian spheres. Importance of expansion of partnership in the sphere of a construction and commissioning of the gas pipeline of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) was noted.

As the Media Turkmen news agency "ORIENT" added, the President of Afghanistan charged to officials to cooperate closely with various bilateral committees for the purpose of the accelerated conducting practical works on TAPI. Ghani emphasized that he looks forward to the beginnings of practical works on this megaproject on the Afghan territory. According to him, the TAPI project is not just the gas pipeline, but also power lines in parallel laid and fiber-optic communication, writes the agency.

R. Meredov also met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan S. Rabbani. Welcoming the Turkmen delegation, S. Rabbani thanked for successful holding the RECCA VII which main achievement as he noted was agreement signature about a transit and transport cooperation between Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan reports.

The head of the delegation of Turkmenistan, in turn, emphasized that it was possible to call the Turkmen-Afghan political and economic dialogue as a model of successful interaction which proved a possibility of creation of the profitable and perspective relations with Afghanistan.

Also it is reported that the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan also held meetings with the chief executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, the cochairman of the Turkmen-Afghan intergovernmental commission Eklil Hakimi and the Minister of Defence of Afghanistan of Tariksh Bakhrami, the special representative of the UN Secretary General of Afghanistan T. Yamamoto.

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