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Afghanistan Discusses Trade Cooperation with Turkmenistan

Afghan Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar and his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov discussed enhancing bilateral ties, expanding cooperation on trade, transit, and mining and accelerating TAPI and TAP projects.

During a two-day high-level delegation meeting in western Herat province, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan agreed to sign agreement on marble export to Turkmenistan.
The Afghan delegation provided comprehensive information to their Turkmen counterparts on the $200 Billion worth of various resources and rare stones in Afghanistan, and called the export of the stones significant in strengthening and expansion of trade between Kabul and Ashgabat, considering the regional countries, particularly Turkmenistan’s demand for marble, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Highlighting the construction projects for building new cities in Turkmenistan, the Turkmen delegation discussed their requirement for marble and expressed Turkmenistan’s full readiness to procure marble from Afghanistan and to sign an agreement on Afghanistan’s marble export to Turkmenistan.
Foreign Ministers discussed the importance of implementing Torghundi-Herat railway project within the framework of the two countries’ joint perspective on regional connectivity.

The two sides agreed to continue negotiations between the sectoral entities of the two countries on the acceleration of the project work as well as conducting practical and comprehensive studies in line with the international standards.
The delegations are holding extensive talks on advancing peace, enhancing bilateral ties, expanding cooperation on trade, transit and mining, and accelerating infrastructure and energy projects including TAPI and TAP.

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