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Kabul eager to buy military equipment from Moscow

AT-KABUL:  A senior Afghan diplomat has showed willingness of the government of Afghanistan to purchase military equipment, including aircrafts from the government of Russia, a Russian official said.

Alxandar Mantytskiy, ambassador of Russian Federation to Kabul has said that Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has raised the issue with his Russian counterpart, Igor V. Morgulov in his Moscow trip.

“We sent a request to the Russian Security Council for expanding cooperation in the military field, including to deliveries of helicopters to Kabul,” Karzai has said this during his meeting  with Russian officials in Moscow.

Moreover, officials in the Ministry of Defense confirmed the meeting, saying that military cooperation was discussed between Afghan and Russian officials.

Officials welcomed Russia’s support of Afghan forces and believe that military support is very important in fight against international terrorism.

Military cooperation is taking place at a time when Afghan and Russian defense officials agreed to establish a military-technical cooperation committee aimed at fighting terrorists jointly.

Russia regards Afghanistan as a close country, the two countries’ people have friendly feelings for each other, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

“Afghanistan is a country that is very close to us, our people are friendly towards each other,” he said.

Moreover, former president in his recent visit to Moscow said that the United States and its allies must cooperate with Russia, China India and Iran to bring long lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Karzai said that there was only one way for a real effective campaign against terrorism and extremism that is sincere cooperation between the United States and its allies with Russia, China and India.

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