Astana, Kabul sign 2 agreements of cooperation
KABUL (Pajhwok): During President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Astana, two agreements were signed on bilateral cooperation in natural disaster management and cultural links with Kazakhstan, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday.
At the head of a high-level delegation, Ghani arrived in Astana, on Thursday night on a two-day state visit. He returned to Kabul on Friday night after holding productive talks with the Kazakh president and prime minister.
In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Ghani hoped the agreements would lay the foundation for improving bilateral cooperation. The president hailed the accord on cooperation in natural disaster management as valuable.
“Afghanistan has renewed cooperation with Central Asian country; the Soviet Union had created distance between us, but our ties are now improving day by day.”
Ghani thanked President Nursultan Nazarbayev for his invitation and support for Afghanistan in areas of reconstruction, culture and humanitarian aid in emergency situations over the past 14 years.
The statement quoted Nazarbayev as saying Afghanistan was gradually re-emerging as a bridge among regional countries. Therefore, he said, the region should view Afghanistan as a window of hope.
The two presidents also discussed a legal framework for the import and export of wheat. Ghani invited his counterpart to visit Afghanistan at a date of his convenience. Nazarbayev accepted his invitation.
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