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    Wolesi Jirga okays Afghan-Turkmen friendship pact

    KABUL (PAN): With a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved two agreements on cooperation with Turkmenistan and the International Law Development Organisation (IDLO).  

    The agreement with Turkmenistan envisages increased cooperation in areas of economic, culture, development and fuel extraction. The accords were approved after being referred to the lower house of Parliament by commissions on international affairs and justice.

    MP Dr. Jafar Mehdavi told Pajhwok Afghan News the 19-article agreement with Turkmenistan was focused on friendship, respect for each other’s territorial integrity, national sovereignty and cooperation in economic, culture and fuel extraction sectors.   

    Among the 128 MPs present, 123 voted in favour of the cooperation pact. The accord with the IDLO is focused on cooperation with the Afghan justice sector. The pact was approved by a majority of lawmakers.

    Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said IDLO would help strengthen the capacity of courts, attorney offices and the justice ministry under the agreement.

    Headquartered in Italy, IDLO has a decade-long history of cooperation with the Afghan government, said Mohammad Abda, a lawmaker representing northern Balkh province. He said the agreement would help reform the judicial system.