Russia Place is Special in Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy: Muttaqi

KABUL (BNA) The country’s Acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met with Zamir Kabulov, the Russian President’s special representative for Afghanistan on Thursday.

Bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Russia, regional issues, economic cooperation, and recent developments in Afghanistan were discussed between the two sides, according to Foreign Ministry’s statement.

During the meeting, Mr. Muttaqi said that Russia has a special place in Afghanistan’s foreign policy and thanked the Russian side for providing all facilities to the Afghan embassy in Moscow.

Foreign Minister Muttaqi said that the Afghan government is keen to expand its diplomatic mission in Moscow.

The Ministry’s statement further said that the import of oil, gas, and wheat from Russia was also discussed, adding that the Afgan side asked the Russian delegation to grant discount to Afghanistan in terms of customs tariffs.

For his part, Kabulov at first expressed his grief over Thursday’s incident at the gate of the Ministry of Foreign of Afghan, added that the enemies are striving to make Afghanistan unsafe.

Mr. Kabulov said that Russia wants stability and development in Afghanistan and does not want to criticize Afghanistan and interfere in its internal affairs like Western countries.

Russia does not want Afghanistan to be isolated from the international community, Kabulov added, saying that both countries should make joint efforts in this respect.

In the end, Kabulov said that Russia will continue its cooperation with Afghanistan, adding that Afghanistan can play a valuable role in the development of trade between Pakistan, Central Asia, and Russia.


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