A 7-member delegation of Kyrgyzstan headed by Daniyar Amangeldiev, minister of economy and finance of Kyrgyzstan, arrived in Kabul.
Amangeldiev, who is making his first trip to Kabul since the Islamic Emirate took office, said that he is there to expand commerce, facilitate transit, and address issues between the two nations.
"We have come to discuss many important topics in the commercial and other fields. The topics are big, we will have conversations, for example, commercial and transit topics in all different sectors. As you can see, businesspeople and the private sector have come to develop trade and economic relations between the two countries,” Daniyar Amangeldiev said.
Nooruddin Azizi, acting Minister of Commerce and Industry, in meeting with the delegation from Kyrgyzstan, said that Kabul wants to have transit through Central Asian countries, especially Kyrgyzstan, at lower costs.
Azizi added that they will also discuss with the Kyrgyz officials about the solution to the challenges of obtaining visas for businesspeople and reducing the cost of transferring goods.
“Whenever transited goods crosses our soil and goes to the south of the Asia, we are cooperating with them and will cooperate with them in their programs… one of our agendas is to talk about issues in detail and reduce the costs,” Azizi said.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that the arrival of such delegations to Kabul is important in improving trade relations between Afghanistan and the countries of the region.
"When these meetings happen, the officials meet and hold conferences, exhibitions are held, and every country describes their production and consumption capacity to each other,” said Khanjan Alikozai, a member of the ACCI.
Earlier, trade delegations from the US, UK, Turkey, Iran, and Uzbekistan visited Afghanistan and spoke with representatives of the Islamic Emirate on the expansion of commerce and joint investment.