GURBANGULY BERDIMUHAMEDOV, President of Turkmenistan, while addressing the 73rd UNGA on Saturday made sure he gave due weight to Afghanistan in his speech.
Mr Berdimuhamedov said that the world was witnessing a proliferation of conflict prone areas and a decrease in trust and mutual understanding of global development.
On disarmament and fight against terrorism, he said that support for Afghanistan is crucial for ensuring security and sustainable development in the Central Asian region.
He also added that his country needs Afghanistan as a full-fledged partner on energy, transport and communication projects so that his country and Afghanistan can mutually benefit from progress.
Regarding infrastructure development, Mr Berdimuhamedov added that new railway towards Afghanistan has also been completed and that Turkmenistan continues to provide humanitarian support to Afghanistan, including by building social facilities, sending aid convoys, and training qualified specialists in various economic and social sectors.
About a fortnight ago, it was declared by Tajikistan Ambassador to Uzbekistan that the railroad project linking the countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan via Afghanistan has now been stalled indefinitely.
Even otherwise, with the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline whose construction began earlier this year in the western Afghan city of Herat, the pace has been inadequately slow.
With the Turkmenistan President’s address at the UN, things may seem positive and potentially on track again and the fact that Afghanistan featured in Mr Berdimuhamedov’s address speaks volumes about the importance the country affirms to Afghanistan.