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Astana promises Kabul supplies of wheat, weapons

Astana promises Kabul supplies of wheat, weapons

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Kazakhstan promised to provide Afghanistaninfo-icon with wheat and weapons during President Ashraf Ghani’s two-day visit to Astana, a news report said.

Ghani held in-depth talks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev on different issues of mutual interest, including bilateral security cooperation.

The Astana-based news agency, Kazinform, reported Nazarbayev pledged supplies of weapons and wheat to Afghanistan at a media briefing on the conclusion of the talks with Ghani.

The host leader favoured increased trade links between the two countries. "The volume of trade between our countries makes now $400 million, which is not a lot.”

Astana would give Kabul more than 600, 000 tonnes of wheat annually, he said, adding the issues of transportation had also been discussed.

In recent years, Kazakhstan has extended Afghanistan $20 million in humanitarian aid and $2 million for the development of Afghan law-enforcement agencies.

Additionally, Astana has allocated $50 million for the educationinfo-icon of 1,000 students from Afghanistan at universities in Kazakhstan.

The two leaders conferred on security in the region and cooperation in combating terrorism. The issues will be discussed again in detail by top security officers.

Afghanistan would step up efforts to prevent drug trafficking to Kazakhstan from its soil, hoped Nazarbayev, who offered Kabul weapons to deal with the civil war challenge.

During formal talks, the host leader said: "I am confident that your first official visit, which took place at my invitation, will raise our relations to a new level."

Nazarbayev added his nation was aware of the civil war in Afghanistan and fully supported the Ghani administration’s efforts to establish peace in the country.

Meeting with PM: Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and Ghani discussed the expansion of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

They noted with satisfaction the way relations between their countries were developing in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and trust.  Upon completion of the talks, several bilateral agreements were signed.

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