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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

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(Last Updated On: February 21, 2019)

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan in a bid to expand mutual ties have signed a strategic cooperation agreement in political, economic and security spheres. the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Thursday.

The agreement was signed between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmenistan counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Thursday at a ceremony in  Ashgabat.

The officials of the two countries also signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and bilateral documents on various fields including agreements on customs cooperation and air traffic, on the location of international railway crossing at the common state border, on the oil and gas sector and on increasing the volume of Turkmen electricity supplied to the Afghan province of Herat.

A memorandum of understanding was also concluded for the construction of the Aqina-Andkhoi railway and the rules for organizing the railway communication between the Serhetabat-Turgundi stations at the joint state border were adopted.

In addition, the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Magtumguly Institute of Language, Literature and National Manuscripts of the Academy of Science of Turkmenistan and National Archive of Afghanistan was signed.

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President of Turkmenistan said that his country is supporting the efforts for peace and security of the region and that expanding regional cooperation in reaching for sustainable development.

Berdimuhamedov stressed that his country wants the issue of Afghanistan to be solved through peace talks and that Turkmenistan as an “impartial” country is ready for any kind of cooperation in this regard.

He also said that peace and security can pave the way for implementation of mutual plans between Kabul and Ashgabat, adding that his country has been able to launch great plans in energy, telecommunication and transport sectors with Afghanistan.

Berdimuhamedov, meanwhile, noted that with the implementation TAPI gas project, 12,000 job opportunities will be provided in Afghanistan and that the country could receive $1 billion annually from the project.

On his turn, President Ghani said that terrorism is a common threat to the region and world and that cooperation and coordination are better for the region than conflict, contention, and lack of cooperation.

He said Kabul and Ashgabat are united in security cooperation in the framework of internationally agreed standards and the UN Anti-Terrorism Strategy.

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India hosting key SCO anti-terror meeting

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) anti-terror body Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) representatives came together Monday for the start of a three-day meeting in New Delhi.

Among those attending is a three-member Pakistani delegation that arrived in India on Saturday via the Wagah border.

The situation in Afghanistan and the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country is expected to be on the agenda.

According to Indian media reports, New Delhi is also expected to raise issues regarding the security situation in Afghanistan.

The RATS is the Executive Committee of the SCO, headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which is a permanent unit of the organisation which serves to promote cooperation of member states against terrorism, separatism and extremism.

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IEA says girls’ schools will reopen soon

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Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), and deputy minister of the IEA’s Ministry of Information and Culture, said progress has been made at a meeting of religious scholars and girls’ schools would reopen soon.

Speaking to reporters in Kabul on Sunday Mujahid said: “Good progress has been made at the meeting of the country’s scholars regarding the reopening of girls’ schools and other major political issues, and girls’ schools will be reopened in the near future.”

He said that the meeting, attended by tribal leaders and influential people of the country, is focusing on major political, security and social issues.

“The Ulema are consulting on the reopening of girls’ schools, and progress will be made soon,” said Mujahid.

Meanwhile, Anas Haqqani, a senior member of the Islamic Emirate, said on Wednesday that a meeting of religious scholars would be held to discuss the issue of girls going to school.

The closure of girls’ schools above the sixth grade sparked a major outcry around the world with the international community repeatedly calling for schools to reopen.

Officials at the Ministry of Education of the Islamic Emirate have said that they will reopen girls’ schools in the near future within the framework of Islamic principles.

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Uzbekistan to host international conference on Afghanistan

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Tashkent will host a high-level international conference on Afghanistan at the end of July, Uzbekistan’s interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Norov announced.

Norov said the key focus would be on security, political stability and the socio-economic development of the region.

“As for Afghanistan, unfortunately, we are seeing a decrease in the attention of the international community to the situation in this country. Meanwhile, the situation there remains difficult, due to the acute economic crisis and the difficult humanitarian situation, challenges to regional security and stability remain,” he said.

Tashkent Times reported that Norov felt the international community should take responsibility for the present and future of Afghanistan and provide continued assistance to resolve problems in the country.

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