DUSHANBE – Construction of the railway link connecting Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan as well as implementation of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA 1000) were the focus of a meeting of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul that took place here on Friday.

According to the Tajik president’s official website, the sides also discussed cooperation between relevant bodies of the two countries for implementation of ambitious regional projects. They reportedly expressed hope that a trilateral trade and transit pact that would be signed between Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan would pave the way for further expansion of trade and economic cooperation between the nations.

President Rahmon noted that Tajikistan was ready to provide assistance to Afghanistan with training of personnel for its railway and other sectors.

The sides also discussed regional security and a number of other issues being of mutual interest, the source said.

We will recall that Afghanistan and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the Afghan-Pak trade transit agreement (APTTA) in July 2010.  The two nations also signed a MoU for construction of rail tracks in Afghanistan to connect with Pakistan Railways.