Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, Holds Talks with Uzbekistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Delegation

Tue, Mar 12 2024 5:57 PM

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, engaged in a comprehensive discussion regarding political, economic, and trade collaboration along with regional connectivity during his meeting on March 12th with a prominent delegation led by Uzbekistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bakhtiyor Saidov, at the Char chinar Palace of Arg. Highlighting the shared interests between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan across various domains, Mullah Baradar Akhund emphasized the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's pursuit of an economy-centered foreign policy, particularly focusing on regional connectivity. He stressed the necessity of regional cooperation, notably from Uzbekistan, to achieve this objective. Mullah Baradar underscored the need to enhance transit levels through Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, foster trade relations, expand railway networks, invest in Afghanistan, address transportation and customs challenges, and support Afghans residing in Uzbekistan. He also emphasized collaborative efforts in providing higher education opportunities for youth. In discussing water management and agricultural advancement, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund referred to the Qosh Tepa Canal in northern Afghanistan, a longstanding aspiration of the Afghan people hindered by prolonged conflicts and instability. He advocated for the equitable utilization of the river akin to other countries in the Amu River basin, noting that with the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, progress on this canal has commenced, ensuring the rights of Afghans without causing concern to neighboring countries. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Bakhtiar Saidov, reiterated his country's commitment to strengthening political and economic ties with Afghanistan, expressing readiness to welcome the ambassador of the Islamic Emirate in Tashkent soon. He emphasized Uzbekistan's interest in Afghanistan's use of the Amu River and offered technical assistance for the canal project and modern irrigation systems. Furthermore, Uzbekistan pledged support for Afghan transit and electricity projects, as well as investments in coal-based electricity production. The high-ranking Uzbek delegation, comprising members of the Uzbek cabinet and private sector representatives, demonstrated the breadth of Uzbekistan's engagement in the discussions.

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