Kabul, Oct 30 (EFE) .- Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister Rashid Merédov arrived in Kabul this Saturday to meet with Taliban leaders and discuss bilateral economic relations, days after Afghanistan’s neighboring countries called for creation of an inclusive Executive.
“Leading a delegation, the Turkmenistan Foreign Minister arrived at the Kabul airport this morning, where he was received by the Islamic Emirate’s Foreign Minister (as the Taliban government calls itself), Amir Khan Mutaqi,” he told Efe the fundamentalist spokesman Bilal Karimi.
A member of the Taliban, who requested anonymity, added to Efe that the discussions will focus on “economic projects, trade, transit, and exports and imports.”
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline (TAPI), born in 2015 at the initiative of Turkmenistan with the aim of bringing gas from its Galkinish fields to India by 2019, is also on the agenda.
This is the first visit by the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, one of the neighboring countries that export gas, electricity, fuel and food to Afghanistan.
His arrival in the country comes barely three days after Afghanistan’s neighbors insisted that an inclusive government is necessary for Kabul’s stability, at a conference held in Tehran on the situation in the country.
The new Afghan Administration does not include women and has few representatives of non-Pashtun ethnic groups – the majority of the Taliban – almost all of them in secondary or subordinate positions.
Since the Taliban seized control of Kabul on August 15, at the end of a rapid offensive during the final withdrawal of US and NATO troops, only four foreign ministers have visited the Asian country.
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