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 Regional Cooperation

The UN Secretary General's report to the Security Council released on 7 March 2014 provides an update of UNAMA activities, including in the area of regional cooperation, since 6 December 2013, listed below. For a full copy of the latest report, click here

C. Regional cooperation

• On 20 March in Ashgabat, the Presidents of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of railroads linking the three countries

• On 29 March, participants in the eleventh ministerial meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue, held in Dushanbe, discussed ways to enhance regional connectivity to promote trade, investment, transit and people-to-people contacts

• On 26 April in Almaty, participants in the third ministerial conference on the Istanbul Process adopted implementation plans for the six confidence-building measures. The declaration adopted at the conference stressed the political nature of the process but emphasized the need for demonstrable progress in agreed activities and called for interim, ad hoc funding by participants

• On 9 July, progress was made on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, with a contract signed in Ashgabat between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan on the sale and purchase of gas

• On 13 July in Kyrgyzstan, a meeting of the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization reaffirmed support for Afghanistan as an independent, peaceful, neutral and prosperous State free from terrorism and drug-related crime. The central role of the United Nations in international efforts to support Afghanistan was also reaffirmed

• On 4 August, President Karzai visited the Islamic Republic of Iran and a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation between the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran was signed

• On 10 and 11 September, a delegation of the Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Defence met with Afghan counterparts to review security issues and cooperation

• On 12 and 13 September in Bishkek, President Karzai attended the thirteenth summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and committed to the further strengthening of relations with the organization

• On 16 and 17 September in Islamabad, participants in the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Council on the Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project adopted three resolutions establishing contract structures and procurement and finance committees

• On 26 September, the seventh round of the Pakistan-Afghanistan parliamentary dialogue was held in Islamabad

• On 21 October in Dushanbe, the Presidents of Afghanistan and Tajikistan signed an agreement on demining, border crossing protocols and insurance cooperation

• On 30 October, Afghanistan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan signed a protocol on border cooperation

• From 12 to 15 December, President Karzai carried out an official visit to India. During the visit, discussions were focused on enhancing the implementation of the two countries’ strategic partnership agreement and regional integration and development, including through the “Heart of Asia” process

• On 19 December, a parliamentary delegation from Pakistan visited Kabul. Parliamentarians from both sides suggested that Afghanistan and Pakistan sign a strategic cooperation partnership Agreement

• On 17 January 2014, India hosted the senior officials’ meeting of the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan, held in New Delhi. Progress achieved in terms of the six agreed confidence-building measures and their proposed funding modalities was discussed