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Importance of Lapis Lazuli road for Afghanistan and regional countries

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Importance of Lapis Lazuli road for Afghanistan and regional countries
 An agreement in the name of “Lapis Lazuli Road” signed last week by foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the session of RECCA.
The main aim of this agreement “Lapis Lazuli Road” is improvement  of relations among member countries through establishment of a coordinated transit and transport system among them.
The authorities of government of Afghanistan regarded worthy this road and from region point of view, this road is a itinerary that is important for linking of South Asia with Europe. Because, Afghanistan from geographical point of view is a land-locked country and from economic and security   ones leading hard situations and is struggling with it.
The authorities in the country are making effort through diplomatic channels and benefiting from its geographical location, to improve the complicated situation of the country.
So, signing of Lapis Lazuli road agreement can be a good alterative for development and economic growth of Afghanistan.
At the same time, the economic experts also are believing that signing of this agreement makes Afghanistan hopeful more than before to have access to a suitable transit route for its merchandized specially with neighboring countries that always is facing with serious challenges and some time, dismantling with them with various pretexts. This causes much losses for Afghanistan.
So, Afghanistan always is searching for alternate road so that to reduce its vulnerability,  specially in recent years, through closing its borders before commercial consignments in Indo-Afghan land itinerary, Pakistan created some problems for Afghan transit.
Based on this reason, the experts regard effective the economic policy of Afghanistan in mobilizing of neighboring countries especially the countries of Caucasus zone and Balekan for creation of economic convergence.
On the other, during signing of this agreement, the authorities of government of Afghanistan that taken place as a result of collective efforts made for improvement of connection and expansion of commerce through investment on infrastructures on improvement of cooperation and coordination regard it in the benefit of Afghanistan and emphasizing with implementation of this plan, the existing roads among those countries signed the agreement would be linked with each other. Custom harmony increases and tariffs unity and truck leaves Islamabad unloads in Baku and with passing through Caspian sea with loading in Turkman Bashi, transfers to Pakistan and India.
At the same time, there are some rumors that the geographical location of Afghanistan as a cross road of central Asia region, leads other countries towards establishment of economic ties that one of these countries is Turkmenistan, that with having vast fuel and gas reservoirs can find customer for its resources via Afghanistan.
It is considered that transferring of commodities via itinerary of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey through railway is a suitable commercial road among Afghanistan, central Asia, caucasus, Balekan and central Europe and is a linking road between southern Asia and European nations.
In their rumors, the Afghan authorities hinting to RECCA conference, have asserted that the RECCA conference facilitates regional cooperations for Afghanistan and expands regional economic cooperations in south of Afghanistan and central Asia.
In fact, the RECCA conference is planned for stability in Afghanistan and economic merging of south and central Asian nations that the first round of this conference has been held in Dec. 2005 in Kabul and after sessions of New Delhi in 2006 in 2009 in Islamabad, in 2010 in Istanbul and in 2012 in Dushanbe the capital city of Tajikistan.
According to the assertions made by the authorities of Afghanistan, the background of this itinerary that its length is estimated 2800km reaches to over 2000 years and this course is part of Silk Route that the precious stones and mines of Afghanistan were exporting to Europe, Balekan and countries located in the banks of Mediterranean sea.  
Shukria Kohistani