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Atmar to discuss security cooperation with Russian officials

AT-KABUL: The National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar would soon pay a visit to Moscow, where he is to hold talks with Russian officials regarding support to the Afghan security forces and as well issues of mutual interest.

“The adviser despite other issues would also talk to officials on supply of military equipment to Afghan forces,” the National Security Council said on Wednesday.

Tawab Ghorzang the spokesman for the national security council said that Atmar would clarifiy specific needs of the government with Russian officials during his visit to Moscow. However, Ghorzang did not talk about exact date of Atmar’s visit to Russia.

It follows Russian a statement by the Russian Federation ambassador to Kabul that the government of Afghanistan expressed willingness to purchase military equipment, including aircrafts from the government of Russia.

Alxandar Mantytskiy had said that Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai 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 helicopter to Kabul,” Karzai has said this during his meeting with Russian officials in Moscow.

It is worth mentioning that 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 terrorist jointly.

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