President Ghani Discusses Economic Cooperation, Peace Process With Uzbek Foreign Minister
15.02.2019- President Ghani discusses economic cooperation, peace process with Uzbek foreign minister
President Ashraf Ghani met with Abdulaziz Kamilov, Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, at sidelines of Munich Security Conference  in Germany today. They discussed Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and progress in regional connectivity projects, including extending construction of railways, transport of energy and expansion of trade.
Minister Kamilov reasserted that Uzbekistan will keep backing President Ghani’s peace initiative, and a process owned and led by the Afghan government. He said that any step toward facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan will be taken in coordination with the Afghan government. He said their government stands ready to host any processes regarding Afghanistan.
President Ghani thanked Uzbekistan for offering to host Afghan processes. Drawing on the success of Tashkent Conference that was aligned with Afghan government’s peace initiative, President Ghani said that the Conference provided a model of regional cooperation. He also said that the Afghan government is committed to further bolstering relations with Uzbekistan.
President Ghani reiterated that after a prospective peace agreement, mega developmental projects will pick up speed, and European Union and regional countries will have a vital role to play in implementing those projects. Minister Kamilov conveyed well wishes of Uzbekistan’s president; in return President Ghani sent his warm regards and wishes to Uzbekistan’s president as well.