Turkmenistan Hosts Meeting of Special Representatives for Afghanistan, Welcoming UNAMA’s Roza Otunbayeva
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan has announced that Roza Otunbayeva, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Representative in Afghanistan (UNAMA), held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, Vepa Hajiyev, during her visit to the country.
Mrs. Otunbayeva’s visit to Turkmenistan primarily aims to attend the gathering of special representatives from various countries focused on Afghanistan. This meeting serves as an essential platform for diplomatic discussions and collaboration on matters concerning Afghanistan’s future and stability.
The meeting between Mrs. Otunbayeva and Minister Hajiyev signifies the mutual commitment of Turkmenistan and the United Nations in supporting Afghanistan’s development and promoting regional cooperation. Both parties engaged in productive discussions concerning the current situation in Afghanistan, regional security dynamics, and the role of international stakeholders in facilitating peace and stability.
As the UN Secretary-General’s Representative, Mrs. Otunbayeva emphasized the importance of sustained international support for Afghanistan’s social, economic, and political progress. She acknowledged Turkmenistan’s significant contributions to regional stability and expressed gratitude for the country’s continued commitment to facilitating peace processes and fostering constructive dialogue among Afghanistan and its neighboring nations.
Foreign Minister Hajiyev reaffirmed Turkmenistan’s dedication to supporting Afghanistan’s efforts in achieving lasting peace, inclusive governance, and sustainable development. He highlighted Turkmenistan’s initiatives in promoting regional connectivity, such as energy and infrastructure projects that aim to enhance economic cooperation and regional integration.
During the meeting, both representatives discussed potential avenues for strengthening bilateral ties between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. They explored opportunities for increased collaboration in areas such as trade, transportation, energy, education, and cultural exchanges. Recognizing the importance of people-to-people connections, they emphasized the significance of fostering mutual understanding and enhancing interpersonal relationships between the two nations.
Additionally, the meeting provided an opportunity to exchange perspectives on regional security challenges and explore avenues for enhanced cooperation in counterterrorism, countering illicit drug trade, and addressing transnational organized crime. Both sides emphasized the need for a comprehensive and inclusive approach involving all stakeholders to address these common security threats effectively.
In conclusion, the meeting between Roza Otunbayeva, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative in Afghanistan, and Foreign Minister Vepa Hajiyev of Turkmenistan showcased the shared commitment of both parties in supporting Afghanistan’s development and regional stability. It also emphasized the importance of international cooperation and collaboration in addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by Afghanistan and the broader region.