Afghan Embassy Minister Ahmad Faqiri Participates in a Roundtable Meeting on Regional Cooperation

Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller and Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs discuss U.S. involvement in boosting regional cooperation on Afghanistan.

Minister Ahmad Faqiri providing remarks at the panel discussion on regional cooperation hosted by the Turkish Embassy.

Turkish Deputy Chief of Mission Tugay Tuncer addressing the meeting participants.

Photo: Laurel Miller and Fatema Sumar
Photo: DCM Faqiri Turkey Embassy 2
Photo: DCM Tugay Tuncer

February 6, 2013

Minister Ahmad Zahir Faqiri of the Afghan Embassy attended a DCM-level roundtable discussion held at the Embassy of Turkey on February 5th, which focused on Afghanistan and Regional Cooperation beyond 2014.

Turkish Deputy Chief of Mission Tugay Tuncer provided introductory remarks on Turkey's commitment to promoting regional cooperation, particularly as it relates to Afghanistan. Among the other participants were DCMs and officials representing the governments of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The U.S. was represented by Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller and Deputy Assistant Secretary Fatema Sumar.

The meeting focused on regional energy markets, trade and transport linkages, and customs and borders issues. Participants also discussed various initiatives in place at the regional level, such as the CASA 1000 project, an electricity transmission system involving cooperation from the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

The Embassy of Kazakhstan has offered to host the next DCM-level meeting, which is set to occur in May of this year.