Official Kabul and the Taliban should as soon as possible sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions. According to Otabek Akbarov, head of the department for cooperation with the countries of the Middle and Near East of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, this is the purpose of the conference on the Afghan settlement, which opens in Tashkent on March 26-27th
As a result of the conference, it is planned to adopt the Tashkent Declaration, which emphasizes that for the successful development of the peace process in Afghanistan, it is necessary to integrate the armed opposition into the political life of Afghanistan and legalize it.
In the final document, it is planned to reflect the role of the Afghans, the General Assembly and the UN Security Council in the peace process, as well as the rejection of any forms and manifestations of terrorism.
According to the Uzbek foreign ministry, the foreign ministers of the Central Asian states, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in the international conference on the settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.
Turkmenistan was one of the first to declare the impossibility of solving the Afghan issue by military means, when attempts to solve this problem by force were in full swing.
Ashgabat immediately called on the world community to resolve the situation in the neighboring country only by peaceful, political and diplomatic means.
Turkmenistan believes that attempts to resolve the Afghan situation will be crowned with success if the warring parties sit down at the negotiating table and also if the negotiation process is accompanied by effective assistance to the country in restoring the economic and social infrastructure.
Therefore, the Turkmen side initiated the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway, the power line and the fiber-optic line from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and many social and humanitarian projects are already implemented and planned for implementation in Afghanistan.
As for the negotiations between the official Kabul and the Taliban, Ashgabat offers its political space for these talks. It should be noted that at one time, the holding of inter-Tajik talks in the Turkmen capital helped to resolve the conflict situation in Tajikistan.