Turkmenistan: president boasts country’s role in regional infrastructure projects

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — In his address to the people of Turkmenistan on March 12, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said that this year will be marked by achievements in the implementation of the state programs in the economic and social spheres and other significant areas of life of the Turkmen state and society, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

“Our strategy is focused on strengthening the foundations of the state, ensuring the rapid economic development, improving the welfare of our people. It is aimed at the further strengthening of the Fatherland’s prestige on the world arena, expanding the equal and mutually beneficial cooperation with interested countries and various international organizations,” the president said.

Berdymukhamedov emphasized that at present, Turkmenistan ranks among the states with a high international authority that has initiated a number of energy and transport projects of the regional and global importance, which are successfully implemented.

“The projects implemented by Turkmenistan jointly with partners become the main component in establishing the large-scale trade and economic ties that contribute to strengthening the universal peace, stability and security,” he added.

“In this regard, today, I want to proudly emphasize the importance of the Resolution on United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan that was unanimously adopted during a meeting of the UN Security Council on March 8, 2018,” the Turkmen president said.

The special role in the above-mentioned document is assigned to the efforts taken by Turkmenistan to revive the socio-economic infrastructure of Afghanistan, Berdymukhamedov said.

In particular, the Security Council supported the further efforts to strengthen the economic cooperation in the region and urged all countries to undertake the necessary work in this direction.

Among these initiatives are: the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project; the Agreement on the Lapis Lazuli Transit, Trade and Transport Route Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey; and the Project of construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan railway segment.

“Implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project started in December 2015, and the construction of the Afghan section of this gas main has been recently launched. At the same time, the works on laying the power transmission and fiber-optic communication lines along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route have been started,” Berdymukhamedov concluded.

Sergey Kwan

TCA