“No one knows and feels the extent and depth of the Afghan problem, the aspirations and hopes of the brotherly people better than us, neighbors,” President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, raising the Afghan issue at a meeting of Central Asian leaders in Tashkent.
It is these states that are intended to play a special role in supporting the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, using the potential of the international community, the UN, Berdimuhamedov considers.
Turkmenistan has repeatedly stated that as a neutral state and closest neighbor, it is ready to provide conditions for direct contacts between the parties for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan. This position was voiced again in the capital of Uzbekistan, which hosted the second consultative meeting of the heads of states of the Central Asian region on Friday, November 29.
The Turkmen leader called the development of the country’s energy infrastructure and its transport communications with access to international corridors as a key factor in the socio-economic recovery of Afghanistan and its involvement in the regional and world market. Turkmenistan is already implementing such important regional projects with Afghan participation and is considering new opportunities in this regard, offering other neighboring countries to join this work.
The understanding, that the prospects for stable development in Central Asia are connected with the achievement of peace in neighboring Afghanistan, is reflected in the joint statement of the heads of region states – the final document of the Tashkent Summit of the Central Asian “five countries”.