Turkmenistan has allocated 1 billion 250 million US dollars for the implementation of projects with the participation of Afghanistan. This was stated by foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, speaking today during the plenary session of the high-level Conference on Afghanistan, which is being held online in Geneva.
Among the mentioned projects, the foreign Minister noted the construction of the TAPI gas pipeline, electric power and communication lines along the TAP route, as well as railway lines connecting Turkmenistan with Afghanistan and other countries in the region.
According to R. Meredov, the Turkmen side plans to complete the construction of TAPI on its territory this year, and start construction on the territory of Afghanistan next year. The construction of power transmission and fiber-optic communication lines on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route is also in the final stage.
"As for the railway connection, the construction of the 35-kilometer section of the Akina-Andhoy railway by the Turkmen side should be completed in the coming days," R. Meredov said.
He also noted that in 2021 it is planned to continue construction of the railway in the direction of "Turgundi-Herat".
The Minister also stressed that the leadership of Turkmenistan considers the regional economic integration of Afghanistan through the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects as one of the main aspects of restoring peace in this country.