President Ashraf Ghani and his Uzbek counterpart, Shaat Mirziyoyev, signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on Tuesday.
Afghan and Uzbekistan officials also signed more than 20 agreements which include economic, transit, security, electricity, agriculture, health and higher education cooperation between the two countries.
The Afghan National Security Adviser and his counterpart also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on maintaining the security of the Hairatan bridge.
At a joint press conference after the signing of the agreement, Mirziyoyev said his country strongly supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.
“Tashkent strongly valued cooperation with Afghanistan in all spheres, including economic and security ties. Cooperation agreements signed between the two nations are worth millions of dollars,” he said.
He said a joint commission will oversee the implementation of the cooperation agreements between the two countries.
He also promised to open another consulate in Afghanistan in the near future.
President Ghani meanwhile thanked the Uzbek President for his support to peace and stability in Afghanistan and added that the Uzbek leader has laid the foundation of an agenda for regional cooperation.
“Afghanistan supports Uzbekistan's position adopted at the UN, which is highlighted in President Donald Trump's new strategy,” Ghani said. “The government and people of Afghanistan want Uzbekistan as a trading partner which would be for the benefit of both countries.”
Ghani added: “Today we signed agreements which reflect state-to-state cooperation. 2018 will be the year of implementation of our goals. We have to make every human effort to ensure that the Surkhan Dara is connected to Pul-e-Khumri (capital of Baghlan province in Afghanistan).”
He also invited Mirziyoyev to visit Afghanistan and the Uzbek president accepted the invitation.