Afghanistan against Genocide in World's Any Spot, Says FM
Azerbaijan, Baku, 2 December / Trend corr. D.Khatinoglu/ Official Kabul condemns genocide in world's any spot.
" Afghanistan is against genocide in any spot in the world," Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said in an exclusive interview to Trend .
Afghanistan supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Dadfar said on 2 December.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
At the invitation of his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov, Afghan Foreign Minister will visit Baku on 16 December to discuss the prospects for cooperation.
This is the first visit of Afghan Foreign Minister to Azerbaijan. Given the historical relationships between the two countries, Dadfar hopes to further expand bilateral relations. According to the Afghan Minister, opening of Azerbaijani embassy in Kabul will be discussed during the visit. A separate subject of the talks in Baku will be the activities of Azerbaijani peacekeepers serving in Afghanistan. There are 90 Azerbaijani peacekeepers serving in Afghanistan within the International Security Assistance Force. They patrol Kabul.
Some time ago, a delegation of senior Azeri officials visited Kabul at President's request and met with Afghan officials. Dadfar said these meetings create more subjects for discussions between the sides.
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