Afghan, Turkmen presidents launch three new projects incl railway line
President Ashraf Ghani with his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, on Thursday inaugurated three projects including a railway line, a power line, and fiber optic network in the north of the country.
Afghan voice agency (AVA)_one of the projects that was officially launched was the 30km -Andkhoi_railway line that will connect Afghanistan to Turkmenistan.
“The inauguration of the Aqina-Andkhoy railway and other infrastructural projects between the two countries are significant steps towards further deepening these relations and translating an important part of our regional connectivity vision into reality,” the Presidential Palace (ARG) quoted Ghani as having said in a tweet.
President Ashraf Ghani: The inauguration of the Aqeena-Andkhoy railway and other infrastructural projects between the two countries are significant steps towards further deepening these relations and translating an important part of our regional connectivity vision into reality. pic.twitter.com/yQ3xVskH4P
(@ARG_AFG) January 14, 2021
According to ARG, regional connectivity clusters and -scale_projects such as railway lines, TAPI gas pipeline, TAP power transmission line, and fiber optics network will link South Asia to Europe by land and to the rest of the world.
ARG said the power line project is a 500kw electricity line running from Aqina to Sheberghan, capital of Jawzjan province, and a 220kw electricity line connecting Sheberghan to -e-Sharif, capital of province.
Besides this a new fiber optic network was also inaugurated om Thursday.
Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, who addressed the event virtually praised both governments for the projects.
This latest development comes on the heels of the new Khaf-Herat railway link with neighboring Iran.
It is hoped that this new line will also significantly boost trade between the two nations and beyond.