Afghanistan holding dialogue with Central Asia countries

KABUL (TCA) — The fourth conference of Afghanistan-Central Asia dialogue is taking place in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province on July 14 and 15 with the participation of high ranking Central Asian and Afghan officials including Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, TOLOnews agency reported.

The two-day session discusses the mechanisms to improve Afghanistan’s trade and political ties with the Central Asian countries.

The conference will also discuss ways to improve the regional countries’ cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

The conference has been organized by Afghanistan Strategic Studies Institute.

Abdullah said at the opening of the event that Afghanistan had various relations with the Central Asian countries and that Kabul continues its efforts to improve the ties.

He stressed the need for the regional countries’ contribution to the anti-terror campaign.

“Afghans are on the front line in fighting terrorism and have endured massive suffering. Central Asian countries must work together to stop terrorism,” he stated. “Cooperation is better in cultural and trade arenas. (But) in the fight against terrorism, a big part of the efforts is done by Afghanistan.”

The Afghan chief executive called on representatives of Central Asian countries to convey the message of balancing the cooperation in the war against terrorism.

Referring to a number of regional countries, he said that terrorism is still supported by some states in the region. “There is no difference between Daesh and Taliban as well as between good terrorists and bad terrorists,” Abdullah said.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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