Kabul to continue talks for peace, stability: Atmar

ATMARKABUL: National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said Afghanistan will continue talks with on regional and world levels for stability and peace.

Atmar expressed these views during meetings with Kazakhstan national security council secretary Vladimir Zhumakanov and other officials in Astana, the Kazakh capital, a statement from Atmar’s office said on Monday.

At the meetings, Zhumakanov said terrorist attacks on Afghanistan were attacks on the country’s friends.

He said Afghanistan has a special place in his country’s foreign policy, saying peace in the neighboring country was crucial for regional development.

He said drugs, organized crimes and sectarianism were major causes of increasing terrorism, which he said needed consensus among regional countries to be fought.

Kazakhstan, which recently gained non-permanent membership of the UNSC, assured the Afghan delegation of its support for peace and stability in Afghanistan at the council’s meetings.

Kazakhstan also made its support known for Afghanistan in the county’s quest for permanent membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

The Kazakh side said they had devised effective plans to deal with terrorists in Afghanistan and said Astana was ready to share its experience with Kabul.

They said their country was looking forward to seeing Afghanistan a trade hub connecting central and south Asia.

Atmar said the main objective of the Afghan delegation’s talks evolved around peace and stability in Afghanistan and in this regard cooperation of regional countries was required.

Atmar said the presidents of the two countries had favored continuation of cooperation between the two countries and had stressed upon bilateral programs in this regard.

He said terrorists earned money from drug trade in Afghanistan and used the money for buying weapons and ammunition.

Atmar called an international trade expo in Kazakhstan a big chance for regional traders to come together and thanked the country for inviting the Afghan traders to the exhibition.

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