The visit by the army chiefs marked a new chapter in cooperation between Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, the president said on Monday.
Ghani Discusses Terrorism with Uzbek and Kazakh COAS
In a meeting with the army chiefs of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in Kabul on Monday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that the arrival of top security officials from these central Asian nations opens a new chapter of security and economic cooperation in the region.
“I received COAS of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in ARG today. Their arrival marks a new beginning of cooperation between the armies of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. We also discussed combating terrorism and boosting economic cooperation between our three countries,” said Ghani in a twitter post.
In turn, the army chiefs of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan also pointed to the need for broader economic, security and transit ties with Afghanistan, the presidential palace said in a statement on Monday.
“COAS from the two countries stressed the need for a regional and international partnership toward fighting terrorism and boosting sustainable peace,” read the statement.
“Your trip marks a new chapter of relations and cooperation in the military sector between armies of the Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and I hope that our ties are expanded in the future,” the statement said, quoting Ghani.
Ghani met the top security officials amid a spike in insecurity and after a spate of deadly attacks by the Taliban and Daesh militant groups in Afghan cities.
There are major concerns among central Asian countries about the expansion of Daesh in Afghanistan.