H.E. Mr. Mohammad Farhad Azimi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Kazakhstan met with H.E. Beibut Atamkulov Foreign Minister of Republic of Kazakhstan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Mohammad Hasham Sa’ad, Counselor of the Embassy accompanied H.E. Mr. Azimi in the Meeting. Firstly, H.E.  Beibut Atamkulov welcomed them to the Ministry of foreign Affairs and congratulated H.E. Mr. Azimi on his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Kazakhstan while discussing on friendly, cultural and religious ties of both countries.

Afterward, H.E. Ambassador of Afghanistan conveyed greetings of H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan H.E.  Beibut Atamkulov. Additionally, H.E. Mr. Azimi discussing on friendly and brotherly relations between the two nations, thanked H.E. Mr. Atamkulov for their government’s sustainable support of Afghanistan in different sectors such as providing 1000 scholarships for Afghan students and helping Afghanistan during Kazakhstan’s period as Non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council.

H.E. Azimi added that during their term as non-permanent member Kazakhstan backed up Afghanistan and did their best to support our country through UNSC. The Ambassador of Afghanistan expressed his gratitude to the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the close relationship between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. H.E. Ambassador of Afghanistan discussed the following issues with H.E. Atamkulov

• Signing long-term strategic agreements with Kazakhstan as Afghanistan did with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

• extending a thousand scholarships for Afghan Students in Afghanistan for another five years at the higher education institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (based on the new commitment of the Kazakh President).

• Demanding for the visa free regime of Afghanistan’s diplomatic passports, which the government of Kazakhstan has already shown their interest in this regard.

• Support and cooperation in the supply of wheat needed for strategic stocks to the Government of Afghanistan through the Kazakh government Companies.

• Demand for the allocation of annual quotas for an amount of petroleum to Afghanistan (currently prohibited) and to reduce the amount of oil supplies required by the Afghan domestic market to the appropriate volume of time based on government purchases.

• Demand for support and cooperation in the construction of railways and reconstruction of the roads by the Republic of Kazakhstan, by investment and participation in the Mazar-e-Sharif – Herat railway project and Kazakhstan’s participation in investing in Afghanistan’s mines;

Subsequently, Mr. Atamkulov thanked Mr. Azimi for the good faith of the citizens of Afghanistan with regard to the citizens of Kazakhstan stating that Kazakhstan has always worked for peace and stability in Afghanistan. On this basis, we have always provided Afghanistan with humanitarian assistance and scholarships.

Meanwhile, H.E. Atamkulov assured the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that we, in consultation with the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, will discuss your proposals, and we would like work with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Republic of Kazakhstan to implement the suggestions and purposed issues. He responded to the suggestions of Mr. Azimi by stating that:

• we welcome the establishment of strategic relations and the signing of a strategic agreement and other agreements in various issues and we call for bilateral cooperation on the implementation of this major step between the two countries and asked Afghans to draft Strategic Agreement and send it to Kazakh government in order to review and write their comments.

• In the context of providing scholarships for Afghan students, we are grateful to this issue and in consultation with the President of Kazakhstan, to ensure that thousands of other scholarships to be awarded taking in to account the positive and effective results of a thousand scholarships, which were provided for Afghan students few years ago.

• On the issue of visa free regime, they expressed readiness for the holders of a political passport and stated that by cooperating with Afghans taking in to account the interest of both parties and receiving formal request from Afghan Embassy will work on this issue and solve it as soon as it is possible.

• In the case of buying wheat, we are ready to provide cooperation with Afghanistan on wheat purchases through the Ministry of Agriculture or public or private companies.

• Regarding the export of their petroleum products, they stated that due to some internal issues, we could not currently export oil; but we will try to raise the issue and discuss it with the country’s leadership and Kazakhstan’s customs department partners to issue a certain amount of non-lethal materials to Afghanistan. .

• If Afghanistan provides us with a listing of projects in mining and railway departments in Afghanistan, we are ready to encourage Kazakhstan government and private companies to participate in tendering and investment.

Mr. Atamkulov added that “Cooperation with Afghanistan in the framework of integration processes in the Central Asian region, the development of cooperation across the entire spectrum of relations both in bilateral and multilateral formats will have a positive impact on our cooperation. Kazakhstan has been contributing to the peace process and reconstruction in Afghanistan for many years,”

At last, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Kazakhstan presented a gift for H.E. Atamkulov and the parties have reciprocated the long-term and sustainability of cooperation.

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