KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met with a visiting Uzbekistan delegation led by that country’s National Security Advisor Viktor Muhammadov and Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, during which both sides discussed peace process, regional connectivity, infrastructural projects, trade, transit, regional issues and expansion of economic ties, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
Extending Uzbek President’s greetings to President Ghani, the delegation said relations between the two countries have bolstered and implementation of infrastructural and joint projects would help further enhance ties, the statement added.
The Uzbek delegation announced the country’s support to the government’s plans particularly in term of Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the statement continued.
Likewise, the delegation said that if Taliban were ready to directly negotiate with the government of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan is ready to host the talks between the two sides.
Appreciating Uzbekistan’s positive role in all aspects particularly in implementing the economic and infrastructural projects agreed between the two sides, President Ghani said that there was serious focus on enhancing mutual cooperation in the region which will lead to restore regional stability.
The president also thanked Uzbekistan for hosting peace talks, adding Samarkand is a joint cultural heritage of the two countries.
The Uzbekistan delegation was also expected to sign cooperation agreements on mining, textiles, exchange of customs information and security issues with relevant Afghan authorities.
The Kabul Times