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Uzbekistan willing to host Afghan-Taliban direct talks

AT News Report

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani met with Viktor Muhammadov, Uzbekistan’s National Security Adviser and Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov on Sunday, and discussed regional connectivity, Afghan peace process, and infrastructure, trade and transit cooperation between the two countries.

The Uzbek delegation reaffirmed their support for the Afghan government’s peace initiative, and offered to host direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Samarkand given that there is grounds for it.

President Ghani said that Afghanistan is grateful to Uzbekistan’s acceleration of economic and infrastructure cooperation with Afghanistan. He added that economic cooperation results in regional stability.

The President also thanked the Uzbek delegation for offering Samarkand as a possible venue of peace talks, and said that Samarkand is a shared cultural heritage to both Afghans and Uzbeks.

President Ghani, meanwhile, appreciated Uzbekistan’s role in Afghanistan, especially in the implementation of economic and infrastructural projects agreed between the two countries during his visit to Samarkand in December 2017. 

The agreements were signed during Ghani’s visit to Uzbekistan include a bilateral cooperation agreement and 20 other agreements in different areas including economic, transit, security, electricity, agriculture, health, and higher education.

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