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Kazakhstan backs Afghan education sectorBy Danish Karokhel Dec 5, 2011 - 17:56
BONN (PAN): Kazakhstan on Monday promised it would continue to promote restoration of peace in Afghanistan, with an emphasis on social and educational programmes and projects.
"Humanitarian assistance is regularly provided in the form of food and fuel and lubricant supplies," the Kazakh minister of foreign affairs told participants of the Bonn Conference.
Yerzhan Kazykhanov said Kazakhstan could increase the supply of grains, flour and other food products through FAO and WFP. He guaranteed the delivery of grain and fuel if free and safe transit was ensured.
"In the framework of multilateral diplomacy and promoting regional security, Astana has already proposed the use of existing mechanisms for cooperation in the region," he added.
The minister said they could use the experience of regional organisations in combating terrorism, drug trafficking and transnational crime. A central role should be assigned to the United Nations, he suggested.
While supporting new economic initiatives, he hailed the idea of a New Silk Road as useful for the development of transport and trade in the region.
"The construction of roads and railways in Afghanistan will ultimately link the markets of Central and South Asia. As a follow-up, we propose establishment of a transport and logistics centre in the Seaport Aktau Special Economic Zone," he concluded.