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Uzbekistan will not sustain harms by Qush Tepa canal

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate Zabihullah Mujahid said that Kabul assured Uzbekistan that it will not be harmed by Qush Tepa canal.

KABUL: Leading a highlevel delegation Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy and Finance Jamshid Kuchkarov and his 40- member delegation arrived in Kabul on Sunday. The Uzbek delegation met with Deputy Prime Ministers and some other senior officials of the Islamic Emirate. In a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Affairs, the Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister said: “The government, businessmen and investors of Uzbekistan are interested in investing in various sectors such as mining, agriculture, and energy production in Afghanistan.” In the meantime, Deputy Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi said: “The Islamic Emir ate has paved the ground for any kind of investment and trade in Afghanistan and asked Uzbek businessmen and investors to invest in the country.” Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate Zabihullah Mujahid said that Kabul assured Uzbekistan that it will not be harmed by Qush Tepa canal. “The officials of the Islamic Emirate assured the Uzbek delegation about the Qush Tepa canal that the canal will benefit both countries,” Mujahid said. Earlier last month, Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed concern over the construction of the Qush Tepa canal in northern Afghanistan, noting it could “radically change the water regime and balance” in Central Asia. Also, Afghan and Uzbek officials during the meetings in Kabul, discussed the 500 KV Surkhan- Pul-i-Khumri power project, the repair of the 220 KV power line over Amu River, the sending of a technical team from Uzbekistan to assess the imported electricity grid, the investment of the private sector of Uzbekistan in Afghanistan and water management. Meanwhile, the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan investment opportunities meeting was held with the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the private sector of the two countries in Kabul, and both sides expressed their views on the development of trade, transit and strengthening of economic relations between the two countries. In the meeting, Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce Nuruddin Azizi said: “We have reached an agreement on issuing visas to businessmen and drivers, increasing bilateral trade to $ 3 billion and making Hairatan ground port open 24 hours a day from the beginning of November. En route from Kabul to Tashkent, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Jamshid Kuchkarov called the meetings with IEA officials valuable, especially over cooperation in the fields of energy, mining, agriculture and transportation. Minister Azizi announced Afghanistan’s readiness to import chemicals, wheat, iron, technology and agricultural machinery from the Republic of Uzbekistan and said the delegation of both sides works on the development of a common market. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.