Delegation of Uzbekistan pays a working visit to Afghanistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 7 October 2021, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov held talks in Kabul with the leadership of Afghanistan headed by the deputy head of the interim government for political affairs Mullah Abdul Kabir.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Abdul Salam Hanafi, Ministers of Transport and Civil Aviation, Public Works, Energy and Water Resources of Afghanistan.
Separate negotiations were held with the acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi.
The parties discussed the current situation in the country, efforts to provide humanitarian and other assistance to the people of Afghanistan, as well as the implementation of large infrastructure projects in the field of energy and transport in the country.
The members of the interim government of Afghanistan expressed their sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for his great attention to the aspirations of the Afghan people, invaluable humanitarian assistance in order to prevent a large-scale food crisis.
The Afghan side highly appreciated the policy of the President of Uzbekistan to build a constructive and mutually acceptable dialogue with the new authorities of Afghanistan, as well as the call of the head of Uzbekistan to the international community to unfreeze Afghanistan's assets abroad.
The members of the Afghan delegation expressed deep gratitude to the leadership of Uzbekistan for assistance in restoring the activities of the international airport of Mazar-i-Sharif, the uninterrupted functioning of the Uzbek-Afghan border, through which food and other essential goods are delivered to the country on an ongoing basis.
The parties reached an agreement to hold joint negotiations in the city of Termez in the near future to discuss trade and economic issues, including the implementation of projects for the construction of the Surkhan-Puli-Khumri transmission line and the Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway.
The readiness of the Afghan side was expressed to ensure the safety of Uzbek specialists involved in the implementation of these projects.
Official Kabul also firmly stated that there would never be any threat to the security of brotherly Uzbekistan from the territory of Afghanistan.