Turkish firms to explore oil in Afghanistan

Turkish energy minister Yildiz met with Afghanistan's Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili and Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani as part of his visit in the Afghan capital

Turkish firms to explore oil in Afghanistan

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz on Saturday met with Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili in capital Kabul.

Speaking to reporters before the behind-closed-doors meeting, Khalili said Afghanistan attached "serious importance" to relations with Turkey, adding "Turkish nation has always stood side by side with Afghanistan."

"We are grateful for Turkey for the support it extended in all areas. We want to improve our ties between our two nations," Khalili said.

Taner Yildiz earlier met with Afghanistan's Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani and said Turkey and Afghanistan had historical ties of friendship, adding that his country was ready to improve cooperation in mining.

"Let's extract Afghanistan's resources together and bring together technologies of the two countries. Unearthing Afghanistan's underground resources will help the Afghan nation maintain stability," Yildiz said.

Shahrani, the Afghan minister, said his country was willing to take advantage of know-how in Turkey in the mining industry, adding that the two countries had earlier agreed to commission Turkish companies explore oil and gas in Afghanistan.

Shahrani said a number of Turkish firms had won tenders to explore oil in Sheberghan in northern Afghanistan and Turkey's state-run oil company TPAO and the Afghan government had agreed to drill for oil on the Afghan-Tajik border.

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