The European Commission and EU high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini adopted on Wednesday a document on the EU partnership strategy with the countries of Central Asia.
"The focus will be particularly on two aspects: a partnership to enhance sustainability - the ability of Central Asian countries to withstand internal and external shocks and cope with reforms, as well as a partnership for prosperity by supporting economic modernization and investment in youth," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said at a briefing in Brussels, INTERFAX reported.
He added that the adopted document had been prepared in order to update the previous one, which had been approved in 2007.
As noted in Brussels, the new document "sets out a new vision of a stronger partnership with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan".
"Sustainability and prosperity will be the basis of our cooperation with Central Asia, our support for the processes of balanced development and reforms for the benefit of our citizens," said Mogherini’s statement on the occasion of the adoption of the new document in the communiqué of the European Commission.
The updated EU strategy also suggests "working with partners from Central Asia to promote peace in Afghanistan".
In the EU declare that the integration of Afghanistan in the dialogue between the EU and Central Asia and the regional programme, and support a larger number of regional and trilateral cooperation projects with the Afghan and Central Asian partners will remain a priority.
On July 7, the 15th EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting will be held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the European Commission communiqué says.
It should be noted that Turkmenistan has initiated a number of regional projects with the participation of Afghanistan aimed at strengthening stability and restoring the economy of this country. The most ambitious project is the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) main gas pipeline, the implementation of which will provide 12,000 new jobs to the neighboring country, supply natural gas necessary for the restoration and development of the Afghan industry, and bring $1 billion to the country's Treasury only for the transit of Turkmen "blue fuel".
Afghanistan will also benefit from the construction of power transmission lines (transmission lines) and fiber-optic links along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) route. In addition, new Railways built and planned from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan open the way for Afghan goods to foreign markets.
As President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed earlier, the involvement of Afghanistan in large-scale international and regional economic projects is an important condition for achieving peace and unity in the country. Turkmenistan, following this conviction, in recent years has put forward many important projects in the field of energy, transport and communications with the participation of Afghanistan.