Afghan Minister Haneef Atmar met with Uzbek Foreign, Abdulaziz Kamilov on Tuesday, officials of both countries discussed bilateral relations, the peace process, economics, and trade.

 “The Government of Afghanistan is fully committed to its pledges in the peace process and seeks a solution that arises from the free will of the people and leads to lasting peace”, Afghanistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Atmar expressed Afghanistan’s commitment to ending war, ceasefire, and preserving achievements of the past two decades, he also expected the Taliban to honor the ceasefire, reduce violence and reach a political solution.

“The Government of Afghanistan is fully committed to its pledges in the peace process and seeks a solution that arises from the free will of the people and leads to lasting peace”, Atmar added.

“To support peace in Afghanistan, we need a consolidated stance by countries in the region and the world,” Kamilov said.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs praised the support of the region’s countries for ensuring peace and stability and thanked Uzbekistan for its effective role in the framework of regional structures, especially the P5 + 1. Mr. Atmar praised Uzbekistan’s hosting of the trilateral meeting to approve the roadmap for the Mazar-Kabul-Peshawar railway and expressed hope that work on the Mazar-Herat-Kandahar-Quetta railway begins soon”, the statement read.

Kamilove spoke about holding a trilateral meeting between the nations for the approval of the Mazar-Kabul-Peshawar railway roadmap to connect Central Asia to the South,

The Uzbek Foreign Minister said a major regional conference entitled “Central Asia-South Asia: Connectivity, Opportunities and Challenges” with a focus on economic relations and cooperation to be held between foreign ministers of concerned countries, in May, he added, “We want Afghanistan to play a pivotal role in this conference.”

“Atmar called the mentioned grand conference a significant step in strengthening regional and global relations and announced the Government of Afghanistan’s full support in this regard. In the end, the two sides held comprehensive discussions on the expansion of bilateral and multilateral cooperation”, the statement concluded.

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