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President Ghani Opens’ 12th Silk Road Mayors Meeting’

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated ‘12th Silk Road Mayors Meeting’ in Arg the other day, his office said in a statement.
The ceremony was attended by mayors of the Silk Road countries and the country’s mayors, during which the president spoke on importance of Silk Route, according to the statement.
“Your visit to Afghanistan carries the message of stability and trust to our citizens and increases optimism for a prosperous future,” addressing the mayors, the president said, the statement added.
Referring to Asia’s position in the course of history, the president hoped that joint regional efforts will torn Asia into an economic continent in the next 20 years, the statement continued.
He said that regional countries would be more mobilized in the area of development following the revival of Silk Road as a network of connectivity.
The president asserted that Afghanistan has never been in isolation but has always maintained relations with countries.
Describing Afghanistan as an intersection of Asia, the president said that establishing a regional intersection would not be a threat to another intersection but an opportunity.
The president clarified that 60 percent of villagers in Afghanistan have been connected to the world due to migrations and that Afghanistan should find back its ancient status on Silk Road.
He hoped that the Silk Road forum is held on regional international level and called it beneficial to expansion of transit cooperation and exchange of views among mayors.
During the ceremony the president said the terrorist groups had no place in Afghanistan and would be destroyed.
Those countries that see their sustainability in existence of terrorist networks, should know that they would face isolation, the president said adding no power can defeat the government of national unity and this nation.
Some other officials also spoke on historical, economic and cultural importance of Silk Road and called it key in bolstering trade and transit cooperation.

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