Saturday, June 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) On the sideline of the SCO summit, President Hamid Karzai met on Thursday in Beijing with his Russian Counterpart, Vladimir Putin to discuss issues of mutual interest.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to enhance economic and commercial cooperation and to strengthen their fight against terrorism and radicalism on the regional level.
President Karzai congratulated Vladimir Putin on his victory in the Presidential elections and wished him further success in his duties and responsibilities.
The President said, “This is further to express satisfaction of the blooming bilateral relations [between Afghanistan and Russia] in the past ten years. You have very rightly indicated our desire to see them become even better.”
Stressing on the need to fight against terrorism, President Karzai described increasing extremism in the region a source of concern for Afghanistan and underscored that the discussions between Afghanistan and Russia must focus on this major issue.
The President described Pakistan’s honesty in fighting against terrorism and radicalism as important and stressed that the countries in the region must jointly take concrete steps against this major menace through regional cooperation, taking into account their common interests. He also added that talks with Pakistan should be expanded in this respect.
President Putin said, “I would like to congratulate you on your new role [observer status] in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”
Russian President added that they listened very attentively to President Karzai’s speech at the SCO Summit and agreed with his assessments and shared his concerns.
Putin underlined the ways to improve the environment of trust and solidify bilateral relations between partner countries in the region, reassuring President Karzai of Russia’s all-round cooperation to this end.
The two leaders underlined to accelerate the implementation of major economic projects and termed them important for economic welfare in the region.