Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the situation in Afghanistan

by Sami Burgaz
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan continues to attentively observe the development of the situation and events in Afghanistan.

In this respect, the Turkmen side especially emphasizes that based on the principles of friendship and good neighborliness, as well as being guided by the historical, cultural and civilizational commonality of the peoples of two countries, Turkmenistan has always been and remains firmly interested in the domestic stability and security of Afghanistan, wellbeing of the fraternal Afghan people. At the same time, Turkmenistan is a strong adherent of peaceful resolution of all the issues of Afghan problematic through political and diplomatic means and methods.

The official Ashgabat stands for the speedy normalization of the situation in Afghanistan and expresses assuredness in that the new state institutions in this country will be soon established in the legal framework and with wide participation of all ethnic groups residing in Afghanistan.

Being a good neighbor of Afghanistan and a state with the status of permanent neutrality declared by the United Nations, Turkmenistan in accordance with the principles and norms of the UN Charter will continue its work aimed at rendering comprehensive assistance to the Afghan people in the process of establishing peace, civil concord and stability in the county, as well as the economic, social and humanitarian development of Afghanistan. 

Due to the present domestic situation in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informs that the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Kabul, as well as the Consulates General in the cities of Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif are continuing to function in the regular mode.

At the same time, the external perimeter of the premises of the Embassy and Consulates General is being guarded by the representatives of the “Taliban” movement.

The Turkmen diplomats fulfill their duties in full format in accordance with the regular working schedule of the missions of Turkmenistan abroad.

A reduction of the staff members or partial evacuation of the employees of the diplomatic mission and the consular entities did not take place. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan informs that the staff members of the diplomatic service and other state agencies of the country carry out regular contacts with the representatives of the “Taliban” movement on the issues of protection of state borders, provision of customs, sanitary, phytosanitary and other types of supervision and control implemented during the transportation of freights through the borders.

In this context, we note that the check-points on the Turkmen-Afghan border “Ymamnazar-Akina” and “Serhetabad-Torghundi” function in the regular mode and provide the passing of the necessary number of automobile trailers and railway wagons in accordance with the order agreed by both sides.


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