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Qatar ready to support Afghanistan peace effort

Qatar ready to support Afghanistan peace effort

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Oct 26, 2016 - 19:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Qatari leadership has assured President Ashraf Ghani of support in different fields especially the Afghanistaninfo-icon’s peace effort, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Presidential Palace said President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-ranking delegation, on Tuesday left for Qatar to condole with Qatari leaders the demise of the former Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who died on Sunday aged 84.

President Ghani was accompanied by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan Ulema Council head Maulvi Qayamuddin Kashaf, Urban Development Minister Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi and other high ranking officials.

The president met deputy emir of the state of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and the country’s foreign minister, Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani.

The statement said President Ghani extended his condolences to the family of the former ruler and the leaders and people of Qatar on behalf of the people and the government of Afghanistan.

“The Qatari people are mourning the demise of their former leader and Afghanistan government and people also share their grief.”

The Qatari foreign minister said they owed a debt of gratitude to President Ghani for visiting Doha to sympathize the former emir’s demise.

Abdulrahman said his country was ready to provide Afghanistan with every kind of support it needed in all fields especially establishing enduring peace in the war-torn country.

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has decided to inaugurate Qatar’s Embassy in Kabul in near future, Abdulrahman added.

Meanwhile, Ghani called Qatar and Afghanistan as friendly nations as he welcomed the emir’s decision of establishing an embassy in Afghanistan. The Afghan leader said his country was ready to provide any kind of assistance in improving ties between the two states and in establishing the embassy.

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