Uzbekistan, EU discuss cooperation, Afghanistan

TASHKENT (TCA) — On April 1, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov received a European Union delegation including the Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian and Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia, the Jahon information agency reported. They discussed the state and prospects of multifaceted interaction between Uzbekistan and the European Union, including cooperation in the implementation of projects aimed at socio-economic revival of Afghanistan and a comprehensive solution to the problems of the Aral Sea region.

The EU representatives highly appreciated the progress and first results of large-scale transformations taking place in Uzbekistan, which open up new prospects for further development of bilateral cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, scientific-educational, cultural-humanitarian and other fields.

Mutual interest was emphasized in intensifying contacts at various levels. In this context, the parties exchanged views on the schedule and agenda of the upcoming joint events in 2019.

TOLOnews earlier reported that on March 31, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met the visiting Uzbek delegation, led by Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, and discussed the peace process, regional connectivity, infrastructure projects and economic ties between the two countries.

The Uzbek delegation announced Tashkent’s support to the Afghan government’s efforts, particularly an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

The Uzbek foreign minister said that Uzbekistan was ready to host the Afghan peace talks if the Taliban is ready to directly talk with the Afghan government.

President Ghani welcomed Uzbekistan’s willingness to host such talks.

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