Meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai

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As part of the working visit to the Russian Federation Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on 9 July.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that earlier he had telephone talks with the Afghanistan president, the president’s special envoy to discuss the prospects of Belarus-Afghanistan cooperation. “Afghanistan is located not so far from us, and we can advance our cooperation in the near future so that it can match the potential of our states,” the Belarusian leader said.

“Belarus believes, and, perhaps, we are not far from the truth, that after the election of the new president an intensive process of stabilization, normalization of relations between various political and ethnic groups began in Afghanistan. We appreciate that. We are concerned about the situation in Afghanistan due to a number of reasons,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.

The Belarusian head of state said he is satisfied with the fact that in spite of the war the countries did not grow bitter, they have turned this page of history and are building new relations. “We must help the people of Afghanistan restore the national economy, we must do everything we can to help the people of Afghanistan have a decent life. You have a strategic position in Asia, Afghanistan is a crucial link of the transit chain between north and south where gigantic countries with abundant natural resources are located,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that Afghanistan is in the middle of the fight against modern threats. According to the Belarusian president, all the states whose leaders are in Ufa today are interested in turning Afghanistan into a strong state. “This is because your country is suffering from drug trade and terrorist treats. Therefore, all countries should join efforts to strengthen Afghanistan in all dimensions, be it political and social ones, so that it can stand up to all the threats which exist in the world today,” Aleksandr Lukashenko noted.