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Russia ready to provide 10,000 AK47s to Afghan police: Muslimyar

AT-KABUL: Chairman of the Meshrano Jirga (Senate) said that Moscow was ready to donate 10,000 Kalashnikovs (AK47) to Kabul for Afghan police force within next 20 days.

Fazul Hadi Muslimyar, who met with Russian officials recently, told Radio Azadi that Russia would deliver the donated AK47 assault rifles to the Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan.

He said that Russia was more interested in providing military support to Afghanistan than before.

Russian officials in a meeting had showed willingness to directly support Kabul in the counterterrorism mission. Russian authorities had vowed never to take measures against Daesh in Afghanistan without permission of Kabul, added Muslimyar.

Secretary of Meshrano Jirga, Najeeba Hussaini, told Afghanistan Times that delivering weapons to Afghan security forces is one of the previous pledges made. Strengthening Kabul-Moscow relations was one of the major focal points of discussion between the parliamentary groups of the two countries.

“We are working on seven major agreements that would be signed between Kabul and Moscow. These agreements are related to cooperation in counterterrorism and counter-narcotics missions, cooperation in trade, economic and health sectors,” she said.

She further said that the Afghan parliamentary delegation emphasized on support of Russia against Daesh. The delegation said that if Russia as one of the major regional players does not help Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism and Daesh then Moscow would also suffer.

The delegation met with a number of Russian parliamentary committees as well as the Russian Federation special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Zamir Kabelov.

Deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Najeeb Danish showed unawareness about the decision of Russia to provide AK47 rifles to Afghan police force.

The Afghan parliamentary delegation met with Russian officials and counterpart during a three-day visit to Moscow, November 23-26, 2015.

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