• publish: 29 November 2021
  • time: 11:35 am
  • category: Economy
  • No: 20010
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ECO summit in Turkmenistan; Afghanistan economy should be built

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, too, warned that Afghanistan’s economic meltdown could trigger a massive refugee exodus that would affect the entire region.

Pakistan’s president Arif Alvi in the summit of 10-member Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) held in Turkmenistan said “the Islamic world needs to pool efforts to help avert a “catastrophe that could foment chaos and conflict.”

He said countries in the region need to move quickly to help rebuild the Afghan economy, shore up the country’s health care and education systems and offer humanitarian assistance.

Alvi also stated that a stable Afghanistan would allow the implementation of long-stalled infrastructure projects, including a gas pipeline, railways and power grids linking countries in the region.

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov also said that these projects would help offer “colossal cooperation prospects and help attract foreign investment,” which would strongly benefit Afghanistan and its neighbors.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, too, warned that Afghanistan’s economic meltdown could trigger a massive refugee exodus that would affect the entire region.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi also offered help, saying that Afghanistan desperately needs food, fuel and financial assistance as winter sets in.

The leaders of Asian countries pledge to provide assistance to Afghanistan during a summit in Turkmenistan comes as Afghanistan economy is at the edge of destruction.

The countries of Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and six former Soviet nations, are members of ECO.

These Asian nations in the recent ECO meeting also pledged to help stabilize Afghanistan.

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