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Kabul-Jakarta to further strengthen bilateral relations

AT News Report-KABUL: Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno L.P Marsudi on Monday made official visit to Kabul, where she held meetings with President Ashraf Ghani. The two sides pledged to further enhance bilateral relations in all spheres.

President Ghani warmly welcomed the Indonesian foreign minister and met her at Presidential Palace, where President Ghani was accompanied by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Head of High Peace Council, Karim Khalili and Dr Akram Khpalwak, adviser to President on political affairs.

Ghani said Afghanistan is optimistic to take advantage of the positive expertise of the Indonesia to bring peace and stability in the country. He added the high-ranking leadership of High Peace Council (HPC) would organize official visit to Indonesia to share views and expertise on peace and other walks of life.

During the meeting, President Ghani emphasized on closer ties between the religious scholars from the Muslim countries.

He said Indonesia is rich in expertise in empowering women and economic growth, adding, Indonesian experiments could help Afghanistan to empower women and boost up the country’s economy.

Highlighting foreign investment opportunities in Afghanistan, Ghani wanted the Indonesian government to encourage its business community to invest in Afghanistan.

Karim Khalili thanked the Indonesian Foreign Minister for supporting Afghan-led and Afghan-owned Peace and reconciliation process. “We are thankful for your support to the peace process in Afghanistan and your willingness to contribute in this sphere,” Said Khalili.

In return, the Indonesian Foreign Minister voiced her appreciation for the official hospitality she was given in Presidential Palace.

Marsudi said the friendship between Kabul and Jakarta had been bound by inter-government ties. She further went on saying the Afghan and Indonesian nations have experienced brotherly relations in various walks of life over the course of time.

Marsudi has scheduled to visit the Kabul-based Indonesian Embassy to meet the Indonesian community and to take part in the inauguration ceremony of Indonesia Islamic Center in Ahmad Shah Baba Mina, Kabul.

This is the second time an Indonesian foreign minister has made official visit to Kabul. The Last time former Indonesian President Soekarno and then Indonesia’s foreign minister Soebandrio visited Kabul in 1961.

This comes after President Ghani’s visit to Indonesia in April where a number of agreements were signed in order to enhance bilateral relations and trade.


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