The meeting with the delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement was held in the MFA of TurkmenistanSunday, 07 February 2021 12:52
February 6, 2021 the leadership of Turkmen foreign ministry met with the delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the MFA of Turkmenistan.
During constructive negotiations, the parties have underlined the importance of establishing and maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In this regard, it has been noted that Turkmenistan has given significant support for Afghan people, contributed to the development of Afghan economy, primarily strategically important fields such as energy, transport, connectivity and communications.
The significant projects in the aforementioned fields are “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India” pipeline, high voltage electric power transmission line, fiber-optic connection along “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan” route, as well as railways connecting Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The delegation of Political Office of Taliban movement expressed full support to the implementation of above-mentioned infrastructure projects aimed at ensuring well-being and prosperity for Afghan people.
The representatives of Afghan delegation made a statement to the press and answered questions from journalists after the negotiations.
Further, full text of press statement by thedelegation of Political Office of Taliban movement is published
«Dear Mass Media Representatives!
First of all, let me welcome you today at the press conference and introduce myself. My name is Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, I am member of the Political Office and Negotiations Team of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
On behalf of the IEA Political Office, I would like to express my gratitude to the Turkmen side for the invitation to visit Turkmenistan and for warm hospitality.
Yesterday, as part of our visit, we visited two mosques and acquainted with the ancient religious sites and cultural traditions of the Turkmen people.
Today, here, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, we held talks in an open and friendly atmosphere with His Excellency Rashid Meredov, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan and Deuty Prime Minister and his delegation, during which we gave a positive assessment of the policy of neutral Turkmenistan towards Afghanistan and the long-term political and economic support to Afghanistan that neighboring Turkmenistan is providing, provided and will provide.
Turkmenistan, as a Muslim, neighboring, neutral state, has been taking initiatives for a number of years aimed at establishing peace and development in Afghanistan.
The implementation of infrastructure projects in Afghanistan initiated by Turkmenistan deserves special attention and assessment. There is no doubt that the early start of construction of projects such as TAPI, TAP and railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan will contribute to the achievement of prosperity and economic development in Afghanistan. On the one hand, while we are struggling to gain independence of our country, meanwhile, we are trying to contribute to prosperity of our people and development of our country by providing protection to all national projects in the country.
In this regard, as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, we declare our full support for the implementation and security of TAPI and other developmental projects in our country.
INSTALLATION OF INTERNATIONAL FIBER-OPTIC COMMUNICATION LINES FROM TURKMENISTAN TO AFGHANISTAN – ON THE WAY TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF INFORMATIONAL BRIDGE AMONG THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
The installation of international fiber-optic communication lines and transit flows on route Ymamnazar (Turkmenistan) – Aqina (Afghanistan) and Serhetabat (Turkmenistan) - Torghundi (Afghanistan), has also took place during the inauguration ceremony of electric power transmission line along Kerki – Sheberghan route and the 30 km long railway line between Aqina-Andkhoy stations today.
The Chairman of «Türkmenaragatnaşyk» (Turkmen communication) agency Hadjimyrat Hudayguliyev and the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mrs. Masoumeh Khavari addressed the ceremony where the Heads of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have been participating. They told the ceremony participants about the features of present communication system and reported on its readiness to launch.
During the event, H.Hudayguliyev noted in his statement the effectiveness of Turkmen-Afghan cooperation in the field of communications. Speaking about the coordinated work of Turkmen and Afghan specialists, he underlined that the international fiber-optic communication lines will serve as a key informational bridge between the states.
The Minister Masoumeh Khavari congratulated all ceremony participants upon the launch of international fiber-optic communication lines that is an important stage of Afghanistan’s strive to develop the communication and telecommunication systems. Noting the importance of cooperation with Turkmenistan, she underlined that international fiber-optic communication lines will facilitate the process of introducing “e-government” and will improve the communication system and internet connectivity on the territory of Afghanistan.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani gave their blessings for commissioning of international fiber-optic communication lines and then the ceremony participants watched on the screen the video presentation on launching of the international fiber-optic communication lines and transit flows by a special equipment.
THE GRAND COMMISSIONING OF THE POWER TRANSMISSION LINE ALONG KERKI (TURKMENISTAN) – SHEBERGHAN (AFGHANISTAN) ROUTE
Today, on the 14th of January 2021, the commissioning of the power transmission line along Kerki (Turkmenistan) – Sheberghan (Afghanistan) route was held in participation of the Presidents of Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Before the commissioning of the given power transmission line, the Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan Charymyrat Purchekov and the Director General of the Afghanistan National Water and Energy Affairs Regulation Authority Khan Mohammad Takal gave speeches at the ceremony. They shortly informed the participants about the construction process of the given infrastructure and the readiness to its launching.
In his speech, Ch. Purchekov noted that under the leadership of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov extensive work is being done on the increase of the electric power volumes and expansion of the geography of the electricity export. The commissioning of the power transmission line along Kerki – Sheberghan route serves as yet another proof of the development of energy cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
After congratulating the heads of states and the people of two brotherly countries with the commissioning of the power transmission line, Khan Mohammad Takal expressed gratitude to Afghan and Turkmen counterparts for active participation to the implementation of the project. He told about the importance of the joint projects on the establishment of necessary infrastructure, providing to Afghanistan opportunities for the use of regional power industry market. It was stated that one of the priorities of the Government of Afghanistan was to ensure energy security of the country.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani gave their blessings for the commissioning of the power transmission line along Kerki – Sheberghan route and then the participants saw on the screen the process of electricity transmission via a technological imitation model.
The power transmission line along Kerki (Turkmenistan) – Sheberghan (Afghanistan) route with the length of 153 kilometers and the voltage of 500 kV is a part of the power transmission line project along “Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan” route aimed at the creation of infrastructure for the export and import of electric power between the three countries. Thus, the electricity from Turkmenistan will be supplied to a number of cities of Afghanistan, in particular Mazar-e-Sharif, with further access to the cities of Pakistan.
On January 9, 2021, Turkmen delegation headed by the Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The Parties have stated with appreciation the high dynamics of broad bilateral relations. The effectiveness of interstate political and diplomatic dialogue, as well as further development of trade, economic, culture and humanitarian relations has been emphasized.
During the conversation, significant steps of collaboration between two neighboring countries in the last year, in particular on promoting large joint infrastructure projects have been underlined, as well as the key vectors of partnership for current year determined.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the same day.
On the 21st of December 2020, a telephone conversation was held between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V.Hajiyev and the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, upon the initiative of the Afghan side.
During the conversation, an exchange of views took place on the agenda of Turkmen-Afghan cooperation. The parties underlined the active development of bilateral ties in view of the agreements between the heads of state of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
A.R.Dostum highly appraised the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan aimed at strengthening of peace and stability in the region, as well as stressed the necessity of promoting the ideas of neutralism in addressing the regional issues.
In addition, during the telephone talk special accent was made on the importance of implementing the infrastructural projects aimed at further socio-economic development of Afghanistan and the region in general. The adherence of both sides to putting together the efforts in the process of prompt implementation of energy, transport and other projects, including the fight against threats and challenges to security and stability was emphasized.
On August 12, 2020, Turkmenistan sent another humanitarian aid to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the form of sets of medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The corresponding Order was signed by the President of Turkmenistan.
According to the Order, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan are ordered to donate sets of medical equipment for the Real-time PCR to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as humanitarian aid.
As is known, Turkmenistan actively participates in international actions aimed at maintaining peace, stability and security in the region. Committed to enduring humanistic ideals, principles of good neighborliness and mutual assistance bequeathed by ancestors, and universal values, Turkmenistan is always ready to lend a helping hand to other states, in particular, brotherly neighboring peoples.
Making an important contribution to the socio-economic development of fraternal Afghanistan through regular comprehensive humanitarian assistance, this humanitarian act has become another vivid example of the inviolability of the traditions of friendship and good neighborliness.
On July 2, 2020, a trilateral meeting was held in the form of a video conference between the Presidents of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. The agenda of the high-level meeting included discussion of a joint project - the international transit and transport corridor along the route Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey (Lapis Lazuli).
During a video conference on the implementation of this joint project, the heads of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev noted that the fulfillment of projects on the creation of transcontinental transit transport corridors will serve to strengthen regional and international trade and economic relations, universal sustainable development.
Warmly welcoming President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked his colleagues for organizing the forum.
In his speech, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that cooperation in this direction is given particular importance taking into account the global danger that the world is currently facing. As part of international efforts to combat the proliferation of COVID-19, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan have worked together effectively. In this regard, the head of state expressed his gratitude to the Afghan and Azerbaijani parties for understanding and providing comprehensive support to the initiatives of Turkmenistan to combat the coronavirus infection and reduce the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic.
Turning to the issues of cooperation in the field of transport, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan are located at the crossroads of continental routes.
Considering the already outlined directions of the plan for joint cooperation in the transport sector, as well as the deadlines, the need to establish effective cooperation was emphasized. In this regard, the head of Turkmenistan put forward a number of specific proposals for actively establishing a long-term partnership in the field of transport.
Firstly, based on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey (Lapis Lazuli) Agreement on the transport corridor, signed in Ashgabat on November 15, 2017, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed the creation of a single logistics center.
Secondly, the availability of modern, high-tech transport infrastructure is of paramount importance for increasing the efficiency of freight transportation. Aware of this, it is necessary to pay special attention to the further development of points of departure and reception of goods: seaports, railway stations and bus stations.
Thirdly, the head of state proposed a common pricing policy for the transportation of goods along the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan route and in the opposite direction. In this context, it was emphasized that the parties can discuss the issues of providing each other with various benefits - such as reducing prices (tariffs) for transit, exemption from payment for certain types of services during storage of goods.
Fourthly, the Turkmen leader proposed to consider the possibility of simplifying customs operations by introducing a control system based on the Single Window principle.
Fifthly, the need was expressed to prepare an atlas of the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan route in digital format with detailed information on the existing transport and communications infrastructure.
In order to elaborate on the initiatives voiced in detail, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed holding an online meeting in July this year between leaders of the transport agencies and other relevant departments of the three countries.
Thanking the participants of the online meeting for their attention, the Turkmen leader expressed his conviction that the development of effective mechanisms and mutually agreed positions will expand cooperation that meets the real interests of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
During the meeting, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani told in their speeches that the initiatives put forward by the President of Turkmenistan find broad support from the international community and expressed gratitude to the Turkmen counterpart for the ongoing constructive peace policy and put forward initiatives to deepen multilateral partnership in all promising areas.
NATO Secretary General commented the President Obama's announcement on Afghanistan:
"I welcome President Obama’s announcement that the United States will maintain its current troop levels in Afghanistan through 2016 and will retain a substantial presence beyond 2016.
This important decision paves the way for a sustained presence by NATO Allies and partners in Afghanistan. It demonstrates the continued commitment by NATO Allies and our partners towards Afghanistan. In the coming weeks, the Alliance will take key decisions about the future scope of the Resolute Support Mission. The significant US contribution will be an important factor as we consider the way ahead.
The Afghan security forces continue to carry out their security responsibilities across the country, in a very challenging environment. So it's crucial that we continue to support them, practically and financially, to preserve the gains we have achieved in Afghanistan through our joint efforts over many years," - Jens Stoltenberg said.
Nearly 700 Georgian soldiers leave for Afganistan today.
A farewell ceremony was held at the Vaziani military base. Georgian soldiers are leave for Afghanistan to take part in a Resolute Support Mission.
A Minister of Defense and representatives of Armed Forces are attending the event, The US Ambassador to Georgia has also arrived at the Vaziani military base.
Vasil Kulijanashvili, the Georgian Soldier killed in Afganistan is transterred to Homeland.
Georgian soldier and a hero killed in Afganistan is transferred to his Homeland, Georgia. Vasil Kuljanishvili, was honored at the Bagram Air Base. The Airplane landed in Tbilisi an hour ago.
Vasil Kuljanishvili was killed in an attack carried out by insurgents.