Afghan, Turkmen Relations Improved Development In Region: Ghani


President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday night at a meeting with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow that strengthened relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan in the past two years has improved development in region.

The Presidential Palace said in a statement that Ghani also discussed with Berdimuhamedow the role of The Global Sustainable Transport Conference and said that the conference will help to open transit ways in the region.

Both sides also discussed cooperation in sports and Berdimuhamedow told Ghani that his country is ready to help Afghans in sport events, it said.

Ghani travelled to Turkmenistan late Friday to attend the 1st Global Conference on Sustainable Transport.

The conference was held on Saturday and Sunday in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, and was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and leaders from several countries.

Ghani will also attend and deliver a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the newly built railway between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan at Turkmen Abad.

The Global Sustainable Transport Conference has its foundation in the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in the Brazilian city of Rio in 2012.

Ahead of the conference, the United Nations in a statement said that all modes of transport – road, rail, aviation, ferry, and maritime – will be addressed at the gathering, including in both developed and developing countries, as well as landlocked and transit countries.

Particular focus will be on developing and landlocked countries.

The transport sector is responsible for about one quarter of greenhouse emissions. Also, more than 1.25 million are killed annually in traffic accidents, mostly in developing countries, according to UN.

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