Afghanistan, UAE ink agreements
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed three memoranda of understanding as part of their commitment to deepening their bilateral cooperation, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.
The first agreement relates to closer consultations between foreign ministries of the two countries on all issues of mutual interest at bilateral, region and international levels, a statement from the ministry said.
Under the second MoU, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will give a $250 million grant for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, including the construction of thousands of homes for the disabled in Kabul.
The third agreement covers a wide range of areas of cooperation -- mining, transportation, civil aviation, communications, infrastructure development, investment support, education, trade, banking and agriculture.
Afghan and UAE foreign ministers signed the pacts after the inaugural meeting of Joint Cooperation Commission on August 23 and 24 in Abu Dhabi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul led the Afghan delegation while his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan headed the Emirati delegation.
"Afghanistan and the UAE are two allies united by common bonds of culture, religion, mutual interests and a common vision for peace, stability and prosperity in our region," Dr. Rassoul told a joint press conference with Abdullah on Wednesday.
From President Karzai on down to the common man, Afghans were satisfied with their growing relationship with the UAE, the minister said, adding that Kabul saw a central role for the UAE in Afghanistan and the broader region.
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