Acting foreign minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar and Turkmen Ambassador to Kabul Ovezov Hoja signed the ratification documents regarding the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Atmar defined Turkmenistan as a “good, friendly and brotherly neighbor”, according to the released statement on Friday, October 9.
“Expansion of political, economic and security relations with the region and neighboring countries, including Turkmenistan, is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”, the statement quoted Atmar.
Turkmen Ambassador, Ovezov, reiterated on the importance of cooperation, strengthening regional ties, economic cooperation, and regional trade and transit.
This comes as earlier, a trilateral meeting of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and the United States was held in the participation of representatives of the governments of the United States of America, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan on October 8th, 2020.
Through the video teleconference, the parties discussed mutual issues of concern including political, economic, and security matters.
According to the statement, the three nations intended to the following issues:
- Commit to engage in greater joint cooperation in support of regional security, economic growth, and development, call on other nations to support Afghan peace.
- Preserve and build upon the gains in democratization and human rights made by Afghans over the past 19 years.
- Improve security cooperation and intensify joint efforts to combat cross-border threats.
- Identify and support opportunities to increase people-to-people ties between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and the United States of America.
- Promote women’s meaningful inclusion, participation, and protection across all of the work they do to advance peace, security, and economic growth in the region.
- Promote trade between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and the United States of America by reviewing legal restrictions on trades and increasing efficiency of customs procedures under the existing Central Asia TIFA.
- Coordination on Transport extension, TAPI, TAP projects, and their implementations.
- Increase humanitarian engagement between the people.
- Promote women’s equality and economic empowerment, and engagement in dialogues to explore new opportunities, renew support for shared goals and projects.