Afghanistan, Uzbekistan sign 21 cooperation agreements

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:22 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 50 times

President Ashraf Ghani and his Uzbek counterpart, Shaat Mirziyoyev, have signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on Tuesday in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

 

Afghan and Uzbekistan officials also signed over 20 agreements which include economic, transit, security, electricity, agriculture, health and higher education cooperation between the two countries.

The Afghan National Security Adviser and his Uzbek counterpart also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on maintaining the security of the Hairatan bridge.

At a joint press conference after the signing of the agreement, Mirziyoyev said his country strongly supported peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“Tashkent strongly valued cooperation with Afghanistan in all spheres, including economic and security ties. Cooperation agreements signed between the two nations are worth millions of dollars,” he said.

He said that a joint commission will oversee the implementation of the cooperation agreements between the two countries.

He also promised to open another consulate in Afghanistan in near future.

President Ghani has thanked the Uzbek president for his support for peace and stability in Afghanistan and added that the Uzbek leader has laid the foundation of an agenda for regional cooperation.

“Afghanistan supports Uzbekistan's position adopted at the UN, which is highlighted in President Donald Trump's new strategy,” Ghani said.

“The government and people of Afghanistan want Uzbekistan as a trading partner which would be for the benefit of both countries and both people,” he added.

“Today we signed agreements which reflect state-to-state cooperation, “2018 will be the year of implementation of our goals. We have to make every human effort to ensure that the Surkhan Dara is connected to Pul-e-Khumri (capital of northern Baghlan province).”

He also invited Mirziyoyev to visit Afghanistan and the Uzbek president has accepted.

 

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