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20.09.10 11:12
Turkmenistan calls for active Afghan engagement in major regional projects
"Today, there is a need for more active engagement of Afghanistan in promising transport, communication and energy projects in the region. It will give the Afghans confidence in their future, help them and their country feel full and equal participants of regional and global processes", said Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in an interview for the national mass media.

As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports from Ashgabat, the head of state gave an extensive interview for the Turkmen media yesterday before leaving for New York to participate in the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.

"In general, I am optimistic about the future of Afghanistan. The recent developments in this country make me believe that the settlement is achievable by peaceful means, through negotiations," the Turkmen leader stressed. According to him, Turkmenistan with its neutral status is ready to host under the UN aegis a high level international meeting on confidence building measures, strengthening the accord and development of state government institutions in Afghanistan.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also called for drafting a long-term Program of Rehabilitation of Afghanistan under the UN umbrella. In his opinion, such program must, first of all, include projects on creation of transport and communication networks, electric power supply infrastructure, establishment of diverse industries, construction of schools, hospitals and other social facilities.

The Turkmen leader also said that Afghanistan's participation in TAPI gas pipeline project running from Turkmenistan to India was one of the important aspects of the neighboring country's involvement in the peaceful process.

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