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Turkmenistan, Georgia mull Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia project

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his Georgian counterpart Giorgi Margvelashvili have discussed the bilateral cooperation issues, Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary (TDH) state news service reported.

Georgian president is on an official visit to Ashgabat.

The Georgian delegation included Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kakha Baindurashvili and Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia Irina Imerlishvili, press service of Georgian Presidential Administration said.

The scope of Georgian-Turkmen cooperation in the sphere of transport mainly covers the implementation of Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia project aimed at providing new opportunities for the participating countries and other states in the region to get access to the world markets, according to TDH.

“Undoubtedly, it will also contribute to the socio-economic revival of Afghanistan and its joining to regional and international infrastructure projects,” said TDH.

Experts from the participating states of the project believe that this is a timely initiative that will promote the further progress and prosperity of each state in the region as a result of increasing the volume of common trade and reducing the expenditures on the transit of goods, according to the report.

The two presidents also exchanged views on the relevant regional and international policy issues of mutual interest, according to TDH.

Turkmenistan earlier expressed interest in joining the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) transport project. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey are implementing a project for construction of BTK railway for transporting goods from China and Central Asia.