Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met today morning with Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov said that Kazakhstan and Afghanistan have had diplomatic relations for twenty years and added that “we sincerely want to extend our relations with Afghanistan since Afghanistan is a major country in our foreign policy”.
Foreign Minister Kazykhanov gave assurance to the President that “Kazakhstan supports Afghanistan Security Forces” and pledged that his country would provide an assistance of $ 2 millions for the ASNF forces.
President Karzai thanked for Kazakhstan’s support to Afghanistan in a bid to become an Observer Member State in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and added, “the future of this region will depend on development in Afghanistan”.
The President said that Kazakhstan could play “a bigger role in the region” and underlined that under the framework of bilateral cooperation, enhanced engagement between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan is necessary.
President Karzai underscored that countries in the region had to join hands to eliminate radicalism and terrorism in the region.
Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan also expressed his deep sorrow over the recent earthquake in Baghlan province that resulted in casualties and offered his condolences to the President and the people of Afghanistan.
He also congratulated President Karzai on Observer membership of Afghanistan in the SCO.
Moreover, President Hamid Karzai met in a separate meeting today with Prof. Ekmeledddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of OIC.
The two sides stressed on the unity of Islamic countries and described enhanced regional cooperation as the most important element for economic prosperity and a joint fight against terrorism and radicalism in the region.
Prof. Ekmeledddin Ihsanoglu declared OIC’s support to the Afghan peace process and praised the efforts made by the Government of Afghanistan for strengthening peace in the country.