Afghanistan and Uzbekistan Agree to Sign Power Transmission Agreement

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TASHKENT – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, who headed a high-level Afghan delegation to Tashkent, met with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.

During the meeting, which was held in an atmosphere of deep trust and mutual understanding, the two sides agreed on the signing of a power transmission agreement between Breshna Shirkat and the Uzbek Ministry of Energy, as well as expanding cooperation in trade and transport. Besides, the two sides discussed the importance of reconciliation in Afghanistan and the role of Uzbekistan in promoting peace and building regional consensus.

While welcoming Mr. Atmar, Mr. Kamilov discussed Afghanistan's important position in Uzbekistan's foreign policy. He said: "We hope that this historic trip will further enhance political and economic cooperation between the two countries and strengthen our relations in the fields of trade, transport, electricity, and energy." Mr. Kamilov emphasized Uzbekistan's support for an Afghan- led and owned peace process and the position of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, adding: "we hope to see the immediate start of negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban."

Subsequently, Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar appreciated Mr. Kamilov for his warm welcome and congratulated him on the anniversary of Uzbekistan's independence. Mr. Atmar thanked Uzbekistan for its support of the peace process and the position of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, informing Mr. Kamilov about the need for an early start of peace talks, preservation of the Islamic Republic and the achievements of the past 19 years to ensure a lasting peace. Mr. Atmar assured his Uzbek counterpart that the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had a strong will to strengthen and expand relations with Uzbekistan. He added that "we want to improve political, economic and cultural relations with our friendly neighboring country, Uzbekistan."

In closing, both sides agreed on a roadmap aimed at unifying the views of the leaders of the two countries in order to develop and expand long-term relations.

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