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Terror a threat, trade cooperation an opportunity: Ghani

Terror a threat, trade cooperation an opportunity: Ghani

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Nov 21, 2015 - 12:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani returned from a two-day state visit to Kazakhstan late on Friday, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday. 

On the second day of his trip, the president delivered a speech at the Nazarbayev University in Astana on existing challenges and opportunities for the region.

The audience included students, teachers, diplomats and civil societyinfo-icon representatives, a statement from the presidential office said.

Ghani noted that Asia, with Afghanistaninfo-icon situated in the heart of it, had been a hub of global trade and a centre of great civilisations 2000 years ago. But 19th century events caused tumult in the region.

He believed could re-emerge as a centre of civilisations and commercial centre as a result of sincere cooperation among regional countries. 

Ghani called the growing terrorist threat to Asia, and the worldinfo-icon at large, as the biggest challenge. He called for international cooperation to address the complex issue.

In terms of opportunities, he explained, regional and global cooperation could lead to unlocking the region’s economic potential. A network of railroads and energy projects would usher in economic development, he concluded.

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