Kazakhstan, Afghanistan to intensify economic co-op
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.20
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
Kazakhstan and Afghanistan have discussed the possibilities of intensifying the trade and economic cooperation, Kazakh presidency said.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani touched upon the relevant issues on the international agenda, including the regional security.
Nazarbayev said that his country has always supported Afghanistan in its hard times.
He noted that $20 million worth food products have been delivered to this country from Kazakhstan since 2002 and $50 million was allocated for study of Afghan students in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan will continue to render assistance for ensuring Afghanistan's development, Nazarbayev added.
Kazakh president pointed out that Afghanistan's subsoil is rich with mineral resources, while Kazakhstan has specialists who can be involved in geological exploration work.
During the meeting, the two presidents also discussed combating terrorism.
Ghani for his part said that Afghanistan remains committed to its policy of cooperation with Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries in general.
During the official visit of Afghanistan's president to Kazakhstan, the sides signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in civil defense, emergency management and an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the sphere of culture.
The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Afghanistan stood at $336.7 million in 2014, compared to $251.4 million in 2013.
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