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IEA making efforts to connect Central Asia, South Asia through railways, roads, Mawlavi Kabir

KABUL: The Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs Mawlavi Abdul Kabir said that the Islamic Emirate has been making efforts to connect Central Asia and South Asia through railways and roads via Afghanistan. Mawlavi Kabir made the remarks in a meeting with a highranking Uzbek delegation, including Ilhom Mahkamov, Minister of Transport, and Ismatullah Irgashev, Special Representative of that country for Afghanistan, here in Kabul, his office said in a statement Monday. The Uzbek Transportation Minister, Ilhom Mahkamov, stated that the purpose of the delegation’s visit to Kabul was to expand the trade relations between the two countries, to start the practical work of the agreements, new investment by the private sector and the government of Uzbekistan in Afghanistan, and to sign new agreements in other sectors, according to the statement Expressing deepest condolences and sympathies for the recent floods-affected families in the country, Mahkamov assured that Tashkent continues to help and cooperate with Afghans. He further said that his country is committed to expanding bilateral political and economic cooperation with Afghanistan, and the purpose of the visit of the Uzbekistani technical group is to search for economic opportunities in Afghanistan and the practical work of the Afghan-Trans railway. Also, Mawlavi Kabir called such meetings and visits of delegations useful for political and commercial developments and assured that the Islamic Emirate always provides facilities for foreign businessmen, especially investors from Uzbekistan in the country Considering the AfghanTrans project useful for the region in addition to Kabul and Tashkent, the deputy PM said that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is trying to connect Central Asia and South Asia through railways and roads, and Uzbekistan’s cooperation in this sector is very important. Based on another report Shaikh Shahabuddin Delawar, the acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum, in a meeting with the Uzbek delegation, said Kabul and Tashkent have long-standing good relations and cultural and religious commonalities, and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wants to continue cooperation and strengthen relations between the two friendly countries in various sectors. The policy of the Islamic Emirate is economy-oriented, and it wants to expand commercial and economic relations with the world to attract large international investments, said Shaikh Delawar, emphasizing investing in the country’s mineral resources. Javed

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.