Kazakhstan and Afghanistan are developing bilateral cooperation
Kazakhstan and Afghanistan are developing bilateral cooperation. The value of Kazakhstan’s exports to Afghanistan, only in the first 9 months of this year reached $400 million, while imports totaled $66 million. The Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov and the Afghan Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah during the meeting in Kabul discussed the prospects and ways of collaborating between the two countries in agriculture, education, culture and trade. Last year in Astana the parties concluded agreements in these areas at the highest level during the Afghan President's visit to Kazakhstan.
Erlan IDRISSOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
I have already answered that terrorism is a global threat. Therefore we call for united efforts to fight this global scourge. No one, no country in the world is immune from terrorism.
The President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani sent his congratulations to the Kazakh President on the election of Kazakhstan as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. At the meeting in Kabul, Erlan Idrissov mentioned that Kazakhstan will chair one of the most important divisions of the Security Council - the Committee for monitoring international sanctions against Al-Qaeda and the movement of Taliban in Afghanistan. Today, Kazakhstan participates in all international and regional initiatives to improve the situation in Afghanistan. Kazakhstan’s educational program helps nearly a thousand students from Afghanistan to have access to education.
Samim FARAMARZ, TV JOURNALIST:
Of course, now that Afghanistan if being involved in many issues, and Kazakhstan has been helping Afghanistan through education, through the economy and making a lot of contracts within two governments.
Kazakh diplomats emphasize that Kazakhstan is interested in strengthening regional cooperation with Afghanistan.