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Turkey, Afghanistan, ex-Soviet trio sign corridor agreement

ASHGABAT: A road and rail corridor connecting war-torn Afghanistan with Turkey and Europe was signed off by officials from five countries on Wednesday in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat. The so-called Lapis Lazuli corridor agreement is the product of more than five years of talks involving Afghanistan and Turkey as well as the ex-Soviet countries Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkmenistan. The agreement is focussed on integrating customs procedures and stripping away logistical barriers affecting trade between the countries.…