In his meeting with world leaders on the sidelines of the Shanghai Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, President Ashraf Ghani discussed fighting against terrorism and expansion of Afghanistan’s trade ties with regional countries – including Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The Presidential Palace said in a statement on Friday that Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President Ghani agreed on establishing a joint committee to seek ways for extension of economic cooperation between the two countries.
The meeting between Uzbekistan Afghan presidents was held in Astana city on Thursday where the two sides discussed security, economic and trade ties as well as fighting terrorism.
The Uzbekistan president said a high ranking delegation of his country has prepared a road map for cooperation between the two countries in different levels.
He suggested a joint economic team to seek broader ways for Kabul-Astana trade ties.
Meanwhile, Ghani said terrorism was a common threat for the region and that the cooperation of Uzbekistan was crucial for ensuring a stable peace in Afghanistan.
“We have an extensive economic view and we want to expand our trade ties (with Uzbekistan) through Hairatan Port (in Afghanistan’s north),” he said.
Ghani also met with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in Astana city on Thursday evening, discussing economic projects between the two neighboring countries.
Rahmon said Tajikistan was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in transit affairs – particularly in the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Sher Khan Port and China-Iran railways.
He said Dushanbe is interested to cooperate with Kabul in all sectors including energy and that Tajikistan has the capacity to produce cement for exporting to Afghanistan.
He said they are willing to hold the 25th anniversary of Afghanistan-Tajikistan friendship in Kabul.
President Ghani at the meeting said Afghanistan is ready to implement mega economic projects including the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000).
“We want to import more power from Tajikistan (in the future),” Ghani said.
Also, President Ghani met with Iran Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif where they discussed the Kabul Process meeting, fighting against terrorism and other mutual interest issues.
The two sides agreed on establishing of a joint committee in order to work on cooperation in different sectors between Afghanistan and Iran.