The parties exchanged views on the prospects for interactions to ensure regional security and sustainable development.
On July 15, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, who arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in the International Conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Interconnectedness. Challenges and Opportunities”. Shavkat Mirziyoyev said Uzbekistan was ready to assist Afghanistan in achieving peace and national cohesion. The leaders of the two states discussed the possibilities of cooperation in ensuring regional security and sustainable development, the press office of the President of Uzbekistan reported to CentralAsia.news.
The interlocutors noted with satisfaction the dynamic expansion of bilateral mutually beneficial partnerships in the trade and economic sectors. Despite the challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic, bilateral trade increased by 50% in the past 5 months of the year. 160 enterprises with Afghanistan’s capital have been recreated in Uzbekistan.
The parties highlighted the need to promote joint transport and energy infrastructure projects aimed at fostering interactions between Central and South Asia and strengthening the transit potential of the IRA, in particular the Termez-Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway project and the Surkhan-Pul-e-Khumri power line project.