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Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA)  President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai during his stay in Doha, the capital city of Qatar in a meeting with a number of Afghan religious scholars, elders, traders and youths said he was optimistic over peace to be restored in the country, the presidential palace said yesterday.
During his visit, the president would meet with the Qatar Amir to talk on bilateral ties, peace and security process in the country. The people of Afghanistan had suffered much for peace and security restoration in their country and “I am sure we will reach to peace” the president said as quoted in the statement, but emphasized that the last ten years of achievements, the country’s independence, national sovereignty and national prestige should be preserved. President Karzai urged once again the Taliban “to get released from the aliens hand and come to their soil” as he vowed to hesitate no effort to restore peace in the country. He noted that the foreigners should pay respect to “the national sovereignty, accepted traditions, houses and mosques of the people” Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman, Salahuddin Rabbani who was one of the accompanying delegation members told the gathering that he tries his best to carry what he had been tasked to pave the way for peace. “I would spare nothing for peace restoration in the country, Rabbani vowed. Representing others, Haji Musa Jan welcomed Karzai and his accompanying delegation and hoped the Afghan high ranking official tour to Qatar could pave the way for peace and security in the country and led to strengthening relation between the two nations.
He also asked for the president`s efforts to tackle the problems of the Afghans residing in Qatar, with Karzai to vow to discuss their willing and demands with Qatar Amir. Earlier Karzai warned no office would be opened for the armed Taliban unless the rebels were convinced to accept and Afghan-led peace talks.
Before his meeting with the Qatar Amir, President Hamid Karzai met with a number of Qatar traders in the capital city, Doha and said Afghanistan was an underground-resources rich country, the presidential palace said Sunday.
The president discussed the available investment opportunities such as urbanization, energy supply, tourism, banking and running hotels in Afghanistan, where he said eye-catching developments had taken place in the past. “Afghanistan’s future had been guaranteed as the country`s relations with the US and other world nations such as China and India are growing”, the president said. China had invested in the country`s mining the greatest copper reservoir by $4.5 billion and India with $11 billion is expected to exploit iron mine, Karzai said adding he welcomes the Qatari traders to invest in Afghanistan.
He said no investment had still suffered loss from insecurity in Afghanistan, and in addition the investment opportunities would get doubled when the peace process is strengthened in the country. Meanwhile, the Qatari Chief of Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Ali Ben-e-Abdullah Sani said his office will send a professional delegation to assess the investment opportunities from near in order to encourage the traders to invest in Afghanistan. The Afghan minister of mines would soon leave for Qatar to discuss a proper investment opportunities on mining with that country`s investors. By the creation of investment in different sectors and holding meeting in various spheres, then domestic and foreign investment would be increased in the country. The intact underground resources of the country should be exploited a move would help remove poverty and through creation of employment capacity as the international combat forces are set to leave the country by 2014. In agriculture sector, the investment would also help strengthen the agricultural infrastructures. Afghanistan had good achievements in different spheres of reconstruction, education, economic, health etc. over the last 11 years.

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