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NUG leaders meet Turkmen FM, thank Turkmenistan support of Afghanistan

KABUL: Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov has reiterated support for Afghan owned peace process and assured more support to Afghanistan in the implementation of regional development projects.
The Turkmen foreign minister made the commitment during separate meetings with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and National Security Advisor Dr. Hamdullah Mohib here in Kabul.
During the meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Turkmen FM Meredov conveyed the felicitations of the people of Turkmenistan to the government and people of Afghanistan over the successful conduct of Wolesi Jirga elections.
He reaffirmed Ashgabat support for an Afghan led and owned peace process and termed mega regional and bilateral projects vital for the stability and welfare of the people. President Ashraf Ghani dubbed Turkmenistan great friend and partner of Afghanistan and hailed the motivation of Turkmenistan for mega regional projects.He said the supply of Turkmenistan electricity via Pakistan and other mega connectivity projects would prove beneficial for the region.
According to another report, Turkmen FM called upon Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, congratulated successful holding of the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.
Hinting to crucial role of Afghanistan in connecting central and south Asian countries, Turkmen FM called terrorism a joint threat and assured his country’s of continued support to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Meredov said his country was ready to hold Afghan government and Taliban’s peace talks, stressing on Afghan owned and led negotiations for peace. He also said that Turkmenistan was ready to export gas through the pipeline that extended at the time of former Soviet Unions to Afghanistan. Welcoming Turkmen FM to Kabul, Dr. Abdullah said Afghanistan was willing to establish a commercial port in Badghis province of Afghanistan and with Turkmenistan.
Hinting to threats of terrorism, Dr. Abdullah emphasized on joint counterterrorism efforts in the region and thanked friendly countries’ efforts for peace in Afghanistan. Meanwhile in a separate meeting with NSA Mohib, Turkmen FM linked security of Turkmenistan to stability in Afghanistan.
Dr. Mohib also said security plan was already prepared for TAPI project and that people of Afghanistan were supporting infrastructural projects, including TAPI.
Both sides also discussed bilateral security cooperation among the border areas of the two countries.
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