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FM Atmar, Uzbek counterpart discuss enhancing bilateral ties

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, held a telephone conversation with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, on Thursday evening, a MoFA statement said.

The Afghan Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude for the congratulatory message of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the restoration of Afghanistan’s independence, the statement added. Furthermore, the Minister called Uzbekistan a true friend of the people and government of Afghanistan, and stressed on the importance of further expanding political, economic and cultural relations.

During the call, the Uzbek Foreign Minister commended the Afghan Foreign Minister’s efforts to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relations between the two countries and expressed his happiness for the forthcoming visit of Minister Atmar to Tashkent, the statement said.

In addition, Foreign Minister Kamilov reaffirmed Uzbekistan’s willingness to host the intra-Afghan peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban in the historic city of Samarkand, according to the statement.

Both sides emphasized the importance of further strengthening political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries and deliberated on issues including the Afghan Foreign Ministers official visit to Tashkent, the results of the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace, latest developments in the Afghan peace process and the importance of regional and international consensus for the peace process, the ministry’s statement further said.

The Afghan Foreign Minister once again thanked Uzbekistan for its continued cooperation and its support for peace and stability in Afghanistan, the statement concluded.

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