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Ashgabat And Kabul Mull Prospects Of Transport Corridor Through Azerbaijan

Ashgabat and Kabul mull prospects of transport corridor through Azerbaijan

Turkmen Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting with the Afghan delegation headed by Director-General of Economic Cooperation department of the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wahidullah Waissi, according to the Turkmen government`s report.

The parties exchanged views on the implementation of specific economic and infrastructure projects, including the possibility of creation of of Afghanistan-Turkmenistan – Azerbaijan -Georgia transit-transport corridor, the report said.

The priority areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in the trade and economic sphere were also the tops of discussion during the meeting.

The relevance of practical implementation of the international initiatives of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was emphasized in this regard which aimed at promotion of international efforts on regional economic integration through the implementation of regional infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, according to the report.

Earlier it was reported that Turkmenistan is interested in joining the ‘Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway’ railway project. This was announced in the joint statement signed by Berdimuhamedov and Turkish President Abdullah Gul who was on an official visit in Ashgabat on May 29 -31.

The document was published on Turkmen media.

“Stressing the importance of the continuous high-speed communication the development of trade relations between the two countries, the parties drew attention to the importance of the participation of Turkmenistan in the ‘Central Corridor’ which will provide Central Asia with an access through the Caspian Sea to Europe by ‘Baku-Tbilisi-Kars’ railway,” the statement said.

Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are constructing the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line to transport goods from China and Central Asia. As is expected, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, which will have direct access to the European rail network, will annually transport about 30 million tons of cargo.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line will allow increasing the flow of container, bulk and other types of cargo from Asia to Europe.


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