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Afghanistan's security tied to infrastructure uplift

Afghanistan's security tied to infrastructure uplift

Nov 30, 2019 - 09:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A preparatory meeting of regional technical groups (RTG), seeking to promote economic connectivity, has taken place in Ashgabat.

Supported by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the meeting was organised within the framework of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Experts from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan participating countries of the Istanbul Process and representatives from regional and international organizations attended the event.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan arranged the meeting with support from the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.

According to an OSCE statement, the participants discussed multilateral funding mechanisms and the reliance of trade facilitation on the development of physical infrastructure and regulatory framework.

Turkmenistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vepa Hajiyev told the participants: “The event is held ahead of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Istanbul Process participating countries on December 9.”

The ministerial gathering will confer on ways of resolving issues pertaining to durable peace and sustainable development in Afghanistan.

Hajiyev believed infrastructure projects were a key factor in promoting security and stability in Afghanistan. “We are confident today’s meeting will make a positive contribution to … strengthening security and economic progress in Afghanistan.”

Natalya Drozd, head of the OSCE Centre, said: “We consider regional cooperation a powerful mechanism for stability and economic prosperity.

“OSCE commends the active role of Turkmenistan as a regional actor and contributor to the regional stability,” he added.

The Istanbul Process is a platform for regional dialogue and cooperation on encouraging security, as well as political and economic stability between Afghanistan and its neighbours.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud



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