President Ghani sets on official visit to Uzbekistan

Arg, Kabul: The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, leading a senior government delegation, departed on a two-day official visit for Tashkent the capital of Uzbekistan.

President Ghani is scheduled to meet his Uzbek counterpart President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov where they will discuss ways of further enhancing bilateral ties and cooperation in different spheres of development. The two state leaders are also expected to issue a joint communique.

Several agreements of cooperation will be reached and signed by senior officials of both governments in the presence of the two state leaders. The agreements to be signed are concerned with sectors such as security, land and air transit, economy and trade, higher education, energy, agriculture and legal assistance.

According to the President’s schedule, he will tour several historical sites in Tashkent and Bukhara. He will also deliver a speech in Bukhara University where he will address the diplomatic representatives, professors and students of that university.

The President is joined by national security advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, foreign minister Salahudin Rabbani, finance minister Eklil Hakimi, chief of staff Abdul Salaam Rahimi, minister of labor, social affairs, martyrs and disabled Faizullah Zaki, special representative of the President in Central Asian Affairs Mohammad Shakir Kargar, advisors to the President Fazel Fazly and Shaharzad Akbar and deputy chief of staff for strategic communications and media Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri.