26.04.11 16:03

Agreement on establishment of international transport and transit corridor signed in Ashgabat

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan made a statement for press following the signing of a five-sided agreement between the Governments of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on the establishment of an international transport and transit corridor. The agreement was signed in Ashgabat on 25 April.

As was noted during the talks in the Turkmen capital, the Ashgabat agreement kicks off the establishment of the transport and transit corridor, connecting Central Asia with the countries of the Middle East and establishing a promising cooperation with the countries in South Asia, Africa and Asia-Pacific region. This is of great importance for bringing the dynamic region into a single transport system with access to the world's oceans. This project is also designed to promote cooperation among participating countries on the basis of clear recognition of common goals and clear vision of the long-term partnership. At the same time, it was stressed during the negotiations that wisdom, foresight and political will of leaders of the fraternal participating countries will be a decisive factor in the project implementation.

For Turkmenistan, the establishment of this corridor is a logical continuation of the state policy pursued by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the transport sector. The Turkmen leader gives high priority to the wider international cooperation in this regard. In this context, the idea of creating a corridor from Central Asia to the Middle East is also a natural consequence of multilateral efforts aimed at creating a modern transport and communications infrastructure, satisfying the requirements of the day, that will bring a new level of economic and trade cooperation between the countries and give a strong impetus to interregional relations in the long term.

Another important positive aspect of the project is that it will give a powerful impetus to the economic development of participating countries, creation of jobs, construction of social and industrial infrastructure to attract large foreign investments.

It was particularly emphasized at the talks that the day of the signing of the Ashgabat agreements will enter into the history of relations of the participating countries as a shining example of cooperation and understanding for the benefit of progress and development.

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