Kabul- February 06, 2018, The First Inter-Ministerial Meeting on the implementation of the Lapiz Lazuli Route Agreement held today with the participation of deputy ministers and heads of independent agencies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
The meeting was opened by H.E. Adela Raz, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation who stressed the importance of the Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement and highlighted the need for a comprehensive implementation plan for the agreement.
Various aspects of the agreement including infrastructure facilities, multimodal transport, and safety of traffic in transit, visa facilitation and simplification of customs procedures were discussed in the meeting.
The Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement was signed on November 15, 2017 on the sidelines of RECCA VII in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, marking an important milestone in the collective efforts towards deepening connectivity and enhancing trade in the wider RECCA region.
The Agreement is intended to enhance regional economic integration and trade-based connectivity between the countries of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey including through building an integrated transit and transport system among the contracting parties.