Tashkent (UNA-OIC) – Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hed a phone call on Sunday with his Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
During the telephone conversation, the two leaders noted with deep satisfaction the steadfast consolidation of the Uzbek-Afghan relations, built on robust bonds of friendship and traditional good-neighborliness, common history, traditions and customs.
They also discussed pressing issues related to the bilateral cooperation, primarily the enhancement of practical interaction in the economy, energy, transport and communications.
Mirziyoyev and Ghani exchanged views on critical aspects of the regional agenda, where they expressed full support for the decisive measures taken in both countries to counter the spread of the coronavirus. They emphasized the importance of minimizing the negative impact of the pandemic and maintaining the dynamics of trade and economic relations.
Both sides attached specific significance to intensify the efforts designed to promote priority infrastructure and investment projects towards Afghanistan’s sustainable development and its active engagement in regional economic processes.
In particular, it is the creation of a modern trade and logistics infrastructure in the border areas, implementation of major projects concerning the construction of Surkhan-Pul-e-Khumri power line and efficient transport corridors in Afghanistan, including with active involvement of international financial institutions and donor nations. The realization of joint educational, cultural and humanitarian exchange programs will continue.
The heads of state considered issues of peaceful settlement of the Afghan crisis and expressed full support for the efforts being made for the soonest launch of inter-Afghan negotiations.
President Ghani highlighted the historic role of the March 2018 Tashkent International Conference on Afghanistan, which resulted in significant progress in the political resolution of the Afghan conflict.
Both leaders affirmed, during the conversation that took place in a traditionally open and friendly spirit, their commitment to furthering the multilayered partnership in the interests of the two countries and the Central Asian region as a whole.