Deputy Prime Minister Serik Zhomangarin and Kazakhstan’s Trade and Integration Minister visited Kabul on Saturday to discuss bilateral trade ties with the de facto authorities.
A Kazakhstan delegation led by Zhomangarin, deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan, met with acting Foreign Minister Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi on Saturday in Kabul to discuss the expansion of trade and cooperation.
Muttaqi said better investment opportunities had been provided in Afghanistan in several sectors where Kazakh business people can invest. Meanwhile, he added that the level of trade between the two countries has increased to $900 million annually.
Muttaqi also thanked Kazakh authorities for their trade and humanitarian assistance and called on the Kazakh government to facilitate visa issuance for Afghan traders.
According to a statement by the Afghan Foreign Minister, Zhomangarin said that his country had maintained diplomatic ties with Afghanistan for a long time and had not shut down its embassy there despite the challenging circumstances.
He also mentioned that some businesspeople from Kazakhstan recently visited Kabul to strengthen and expand business ties with the country.
Both parties discussed expanding railroads, improving regional connections, and investing in Afghanistan’s mineral reserves to increase commerce from $900 billion to $300 billion annually.