Ashgabat, 16 December 2021 (GNP/ TDI): On December 14, Afghanistan received a humanitarian cargo, that contained food, textiles, household goods, and oil products from Turkmenistan.
During the extended meeting of the Government on December 10 of this year; President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the Order on sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The objective of this document was «to assist neighboring Afghanistan on a systematic and regular basis and to provide an all-round support in economic, social and humanitarian spheres» the Order says.
Following the document, today, Turkmen’s side provided humanitarian aid to the brotherly Afghan people; which consists of 1,200 tons of various goods, in particular, textile products, food products, as well as 20 rail tankers of oil products made in the country.
A representative delegation from Turkmenistan attended the ceremony of delivery of the humanitarian aid. From the Afghan side, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Governor of Herat Province Noor Ahmad Islamjar; and other high-ranking officials from various Afghan agencies attended the ceremony.
It is important to note that neutral Turkmenistan systematically provides comprehensive support for the social; and economic revival of the neighboring country. Turkmenistan has always advocated a position to resolve the situation in Afghanistan solely by peaceful political and diplomatic means.
After the end of the ceremony of the humanitarian aid, the sadaqah had been given in the new mosque of the town Aqina which was built with the assistance of the Turkmen side and also in the township of Turghundi.
TURKMENISTAN-AFGHANISTAN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
Turkmenistan achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1992. Turkmenistan opened an Embassy in Kabul and established consulates in Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif.
Both countries, alongside Pakistan and India, had a project of a pipeline (TAPI). The objective of TAPI was to transport Turkmen gas to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan also depended on Turkmenistan to meet a large part of the country’s electricity needs.
In April 2011, 44 enterprises had Afghan assets in Turkmenistan. The operations of the Turkmen Embassy in Afghanistan may suffer some alterations. The reason for this is due to the recent events but Turkmen officers recently visited the Taliban to discuss it.