Turkish partners approved a transport and transit agreement related to the Lazurit Corridor project, signed in the capital of Turkmenistan on November 15, 2017. The law confirming the Turkish participation came into force on April 13.
The agreement on "Lazurit" was reached in 2017 during the 7th RECCA VII Conference on economic partnership in the region. At that time, the initiative of the transport route was supported by five countries: Turkmenistan, Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. The Lapis-Lazuli route will open the prospects of trade and economic growth for Afghanistan, as well as contribute to the development of the region through increased transit traffic.
This project envisages the creation of a complex of highways, rail, sea and air routes, uniting the city of Torghundi (Afghanistan) and Istanbul (Turkey) with further access to Europe. In Turkmenistan, the project will involve the city of Ashgabat and the port of Turkmenbashi.
The opening of the Lapis Lazuli Corridor took place on December 13, 2018, in western Afghanistan in Herat province.
The cost of the project is about $2 billion.