Uzbek Foreign Minister meets President and Chief Executive of Afghanistan in Kabul, $1.5bn contracts signed
On January 24, 2017 in Kabul the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, reports the press-service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.
The sides discussed perspective directions of further development of cooperation in trade-economic, transport-communications and investment spheres.
As has been noted at the meeting, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan have sufficient capacity to increase mutual trade turnover, which in January-October 2016 amounted 429 million US dollars. In this regard, the parties attach great importance to the lunch of operations of trade house of foreign trade company “Uzsanoateksport” in Afghanistan.
Abdullah Abdullah thanked the Uzbek side for construction and commissioning of the only railway line in Afghanistan Hairatan – Mazari-Sharif in the shortest period and helping in the training of highly qualified engineer-technical staff.
During the meeting the parties also discussed the prospects for the implementation of new joint projects in the field of energy, socio-economic revival of Afghanistan, objects of infrastructure.
On January 24, 2017 the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov was recieved by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the palace “Arg” in the residence of the head of Afghanistan, reports the press-service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.
The Minister conveyed a personal message of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the President of the IRA with an invitation to visit Uzbekistan on an official visit.
During the meeting the sides discussed issues of further development of bilateral relations in various fields.
It was emphasized that thanks to the political will of the leaderships of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, relations between our countries have acquired a completely new dynamic and character that is evident in the enhanced cooperation in political, trade-economic, transport-communications and cultural-humanitarian spheres.
The sides also exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest of international and regional policy.
On January 24, 2017 the governmental delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is in Kabul on an official visit, had a meeting with a Senior Adviser to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Economic Affairs Humayun Qayumi, Special Representative of the President on the development of cooperation with the countries of Central Asia and Russia is Mohammad Shakir Kargar, reports the press-service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.
On 23-24 January in Kabul city also members of the Uzbek delegation representing industry associations and economic entities held separate bilateral talks with their Afghan counterparts.
During the visit, the sides signed a bilateral trade and economic “road map”, the implementation of which will increase the commodity turnover up to 1.5 billion US dollars; The protocol of intent on further development of cooperation in the field of transport infrastructure, providing the Uzbek side participation in joint railway and road projects; The protocol of intent on the establishment of the Joint Commission on Security; ministerial Memorandum of Understanding; The agreement between the Ministries of the Interior on cooperation in combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.
The representatives of business structures of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed mutually beneficial contracts for the supply of medicines and medical products, “Ambulance” cars, wheat, electrical appliances totaling over 49.3 million. USD dollars.
The official opening of the trading house of JSC “Uzsanoateksport” was Also held in Kabul. The building provides for the establishment of the trading house a permanent exhibition of products of Uzbek producers “Made in Uzbekistan”.
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