Afghanistan–Turkmenistan relations

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Afghanistan–Turkmenistan relations refer to bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.



The contemporary nations of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan are the products of The Great Game in Central Asia between the British and Russian Empires. [1]

Trade relations

Afghanistan depends on Turkmenistan for meeting a large part of the country's electricity needs. At present, Afghanistan imports more than 320 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year from Turkmenistan.

Economic cooperation

Turkmenistan opened a major railway link to Afghanistan in 2016 to facilitate fuel exports. [2]

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Rail transport in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan–Uzbekistan border

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  1. "How the British and the Russians Drew the Afghan-Turkmen Border". The Diplomat.
  2. "Turkmenistan launches railway to Afghanistan to boost exports". Reuters.