First Inter-Ministerial Meeting Held on Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement


February 6, 2018

KABUL – The first inter-ministerial meeting for the implementation of the Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement was held among the Deputy Foreign Ministers and Directors of different independent organs and departments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today.

The meeting started with the speech of Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Ms. Adela Raz, who shed light on the importance of the Lapis Lazuli Agreement putting emphasis on the formulation of a comprehensive program for the execution of the aforesaid agreement.

During the meeting, various issues, such as developing infrastructural facilities, multi-modal transportation system, transit safety and establishing simplified customs’ procedures with regards to the agreement. It was decided to hold regular inter-ministerial meeting for discussing all outstanding issues in the future.

The Lapis Lazuli Route Agreement was signed between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey on November 15, 2017 on the sidelines of RECCA in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, marking an important milestone in the collective efforts towards deepening connectivity and enhancing trade in the wider RECCA region.

The Agreement has been developed with a view to enhance regional economic integration and trade-based connectivity through building an integrated transit and transport system among the contracting parties.