The Mejlis of Turkmenistan adopted a resolution on the ratification of the Treaty on Strategic Partnership between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. The Treaty itself was signed at the beginning of this year in Ashgabat by the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan – Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Turkmenistan, which has a long border with Afghanistan, has repeatedly launched an initiative to hold negotiations under the UN auspices to restore peace in the neighboring state. Official Ashgabat is in favor of providing more ambitious and targeted international economic assistance to Afghanistan, primarily through the involvement of this country in the implementation of large infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors.

This, in particular, is aimed at the construction of power transmission lines and fiber-optic communications along the route Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP), the construction of railway lines from Turkmenistan to the Afghan direction.

A large-scale project for laying a gas pipeline to India and Pakistan for the supply of natural gas from Turkmenistan is also linked to the territory of Afghanistan.

The implementation of these projects will contribute to the restoration of Afghanistan, as it will create new jobs and will be an incentive for the development of a number of other sectors of the national economy.