Finance • 05 January, 2018

Deputy Foreign Minister Ashikbayev: Afghanistan can help diversify the economies in Central Asia

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The settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan is to open significant prospects for the trade of Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan, said Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Foreign Minister, at a press conference on the priorities of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the UN Security Council, held at the briefing Central Communications Service

For the first time in history, Kazakhstan has started to chair the United Nations Security Council. On January 19, in the Security Council, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov will preside the ministerial-level debate on the theme ‘Building a regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a model for the interdependence of security and development’.

‘We proceed from the premise that Afghanistan should not be regarded solely as a threat to peace and security concerning Central Asia, Afghanistan is also one of the serious opportunities for diversifying our economies’, Yerzhan Ashikbayev said.

As Deputy Foreign Minister mentioned that, the Central Asian countries do not have access to the ocean that is why Afghanistan can help diversify the economies of the Central Asian states by opening the way to the sea.

‘Sooner or later the efforts by the International community will give their results.  The country cannot be in decline and ruin endlessly. We believe that the Afghan people will make their choice in favour of peace and stability, and this will open significant prospects for the countries of Central Asia, including Kazakhstan. Afghanistan is the way to enter the fast-growing market of India, Pakistan and other countries of the South Asian sub-region’, said Ashikbayev.

Recall, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan have close relations in the trade, economic, humanitarian, military-technical fields. Earlier, Kazakh government sent humanitarian aid in the form of food to Afghanistan.



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