Ashgabat Agreement The Hindu


The agreement will also use the 2013 Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) rail line, the Afghanistan-Azerbaijan-Turkey transport corridor in 2014, the Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Kazakhstan-Kazakhstan and TRACECA (Europe-Caucasus-Asia corridor), including the EU and 14 countries in Eastern Europe, South Asia and Central Asia. India recently acceded to the Ashgabat Agreement, which was launched in April 2011 to establish a multimodal international transport and transit corridor between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. The agreement was first signed on 25 April 2011 by Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Oman and Qatar. While Qatar withdrew from the agreement in 2013, Kazakhstan and Pakistan joined the group in 2016. The Ashgabat agreement came into force in April 2016. The aim is to improve connectivity within the Eurasian region and synchronize it with other regional transport corridors, including the North-South International Corridor (INSTC). India also signed a bilateral agreement with Tajikistan in 2015 to improve connectivity. Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are already members of INSTC. India`s participation in Eurasian connectivity projects under the Ashgabat agreement will enable a more sustainable approach to the integration process within the EAEU and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The Ashgabat Agreement is a multimodal transport agreement between the governments of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, India, Pakistan and Oman to create an international transport and transit corridor facilitating the transport of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf.

[1] [2] The agreement came into force in April 2016. Ashgabat in Turkmenistan is the state of filing of the agreement. [3] [5] Participants welcomed India`s accession to the Ashgabat Agreement establishing an international transport and transit corridor. The objective of this agreement is to improve connectivity within the Eurasian region and synchronize it with other transport corridors within the eurasian region, including the North-South International Corridor (INSTC). “Turkmenistan, as the custodian state of the Ashgabat agreement, today informed India that the four founding members have all accepted India`s (agreement) accession,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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