President Ashraf Ghani and Qurbanquli Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan virtually participated at the inauguration ceremony for three Afghanistan-Turkmenistan joint projects.
The inaugurated projects consist of the Aqeena-Andkhoy railway, Karki-Andkhoy-Pole Khumari 500Kv power transmission line, and Imamnazar-Aqeena-Sarhadabad-Torghundi fiber optics.
President of Turkmenistan stressed that such projects will immensely contribute to the economic growth and productivity of industries in Afghanistan.
President Berdimohammadov expressed gratitude to the President of Afghanistan for his wisdom and foresight that resulted in the success of joint infrastructural projects between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. He added that these projects will build more confidence in the people of Afghanistan for a self-reliant future and stressed that Turkmenistan will continue to support Afghanistan in economic, political, and diplomatic areas.
President Ashraf Ghani in his remarks said, “The inauguration of the Aqeena-Andkhoy railway and other infrastructural projects between the two countries are significant steps towards further deepening these relations and translating an important part of our vision for regional connectivity into reality.”
“It is an immense honor that Afghanistan is renewing long-standing relations with Central Asian countries after more than 100 years of isolation. The bonds of friendship forged between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan are valuable for the two governments and nations,” added the President.
President Ashraf Ghani said that regional connectivity clusters and large-scale projects that can link South Asia to Europe by land and to the rest of the world will transform the living conditions of the Afghan people and improve the situation in the entire region. He added these programs will create development and social corridors that will boost our country’s rapid growth.
The President expressed gratitude to the president and the people of Turkmenistan for forging an enduring relationship and sustaining cooperation between the two countries by financing and implementation of large-scale projects, and programs that will lead to prosperity in both countries and the entire region. President Ashraf Ghani added that the level of relations between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan has improved from an ordinary relationship between two neighbor countries into a strategic partnership.