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Turkmenistan Eyes Greater Role in Organization of Turkic States

Turkmenistan may become a full member of the Organization of Turkic States this year. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the country's former president and current chairman of its Halk Maslahaty (People’s Council), suggested as much in response to media questions during the Antalya Diplomatic Forum in Turkey, according to Turkmen state news outlet TDH. The Organization of Turkic States comprises countries that speak Turkic languages: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. Its principal aim is to promote collaboration and goodwill among its member nations. Turkmenistan is currently only an observer of the organization, together with Hungary. Berdimuhamedov suggested last year during the organization's summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, that the organization could collaborate on a plan he had devised for cooperation in the energy sector.

Turkmenistan and Turkey to Collaborate on Export of Natural Gas to Europe

Turkmenistan and Turkey are to collaborate on a project that will pave the way for transportation of Turkmen natural gas through Turkey to European markets. A declaration of intent on cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon resources, alongside a memorandum on natural-gas partnership between the Turkmen State Concern Türkmengaz and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, were signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkmenistan's Chairman of the People's Council, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a meeting on the margins of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum on March 1st. The export of Turkmen gas to Europe will necessitate the construction of a gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan; a project revisited since the 1990s but not yet implemented. Diversification of natural-gas export routes remains a pressing issue for gas-rich Turkmenistan. Today, China is the largest importer of Turkmen gas, transported by pipeline via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Smaller volumes of Turkmen gas are exported to Russia. Turkmenistan continues to work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project to transport natural gas to South Asia. After years of delays in the construction of the Afghan section due to funding and security issues, Turkmen and Afghan authorities are now close to advancing the project.

Turkmenistan to Increase its Power Supply to Afghanistan

At a February 26th meeting between the foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, Amirkhan Muttaki and Rashid Meredov, Turkmenistan agreed to increase the amount of electricity it supplies to Afghanistan's Herat province. This electricity will be supplied via the Nur al-Jihad power substation, which Turkmenistan had previously upgraded. Last month Turkmenistan and the Afghan electricity company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) concluded an agreement for Turkmenistan to supply Afghanistan with 1.8 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. The contract was agreed by DABS CEO Muhammad Hanif Hamza during his January visit to Turkmenistan, where he held meetings with the management of the energy corporation Turkmenenergo and with the country’s minister of energy, Annageldi Saparov. The cost of Turkmenistan’s electricity supply to Afghanistan has not been revealed, but a representative of the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry told the news portal Tolo News that it is "inexpensive". Turkmenistan supplies a significant portion of Afghanistan’s electricity, but the two nations' connection run deeper than just the energy sector, with 1.2 million ethnic Turkmen living in Afghanistan.  

Turkmenistan to Proceed with Energy and Transport Projects in Afghanistan

On 26th February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov and an Afghan delegation led by acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi met in Ashgabat to discuss large-scale energy and transport projects. The negotiations focused on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) high-voltage power transmission line, and the construction of railways from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan. The Turkmen Foreign Ministry cited ‘a high degree of readiness’ on both sides to continue the construction of these facilities in Afghanistan. TAPI is a major project to transfer Turkmenistan’s natural gas to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan. The construction of the pipeline in Afghanistan, long delayed by financial and security issues, will stretch for 1,840 km and transport more than 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Turkmenistan's giant Galkynysh gas field. Once completed, the TAPI pipeline will provide Turkmenistan with an additional gas export route, while Afghanistan will receive both its own volume of gas and some $400 million a year in revenue from transit charges. The two foreign ministers also agreed to explore the potential of training specialists in various sectors of the Afghan economy within Turkmen higher and secondary vocational educational institutions. According to Afghan statistics, trade between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan reached $481 million in 2023.

Turkmenistan Hosts Business Delegation from Afghanistan

On February 25th a group of businessmen from Afghanistan arrived in Turkmenistan to discuss investment opportunities in Afghanistan, and to shore up the two countries' commercial and diplomatic connections. Led by the acting Afghan foreign minister Amirkhan Muttaki. the group included members of the Afghanistan Railways Authority, the acting minister of mines and petroleum, and representatives of the national energy company. This visit was not publicized by Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry did however report on a February 23rd meeting between the deputy minister of foreign affairs of Turkmenistan, Ahmad Gurbanov, and the special representative of the Chinese foreign ministry for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyun, in Ashgabat.

Turkmenistan Participates in Meeting on Ending Discrimination Against Women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) convened for its 87th session in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29th, and Turkmen delegates once again made the journey to take part. Myakhri Byashimova, Turkmenistan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, headed the delegation. The gathering covered the country's 6th intermittent report on its fulfillment of the Convention on the Elimination of All Types of Discrimination Against Women, according to the press office of Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Turkmen delegation provided data on improvements that took place between 2018 and 2023 in the spheres of legislative issues, economy, regulation, and society and culture. The CEDAW’s current working session will run until February 16th. The United Nations General Assembly ratified the international convention known as CEDAW in 1979, requiring member nations to fight all forms of discrimination against women. CEDAW comprises one of the eight principal United Nations human rights conventions. Its mission is to underline that women's rights are tantamount to human rights overall.