Dmytro Kuleba: It Is High Time to Open New Page in Relations between Ukraine and Afghanistan
03 June 2021 17:18

As part of the implementation of the Asian Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

This was the first contact between the heads of Ukrainian and Afghan diplomacies since 2008.

"Ukraine and Afghanistan share long-standing ties of friendship and mutual respect. Ukrainians support Afghans in their efforts to restore peace in the country and build an inclusive society. It is time to open a new page of bilateral relations for the benefit of our peoples", - Dmytro Kuleba stressed.

Mohammad Atmar supported Dmytro Kuleba's proposal to hold consultations of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs this year to discuss practical steps to develop cooperation between Ukraine and Afghanistan in the political, trade, security and educational fields.

The Ministers noted the existence of significant opportunities for Ukrainian companies to participate in the implementation of infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, in particular in the regions affected by the armed conflict.

“Last year, the trade turnover between Ukraine and Afghanistan amounted to 7.17 million US dollars. This figure does not correspond to the potential of the two countries. We must work together to increase trade volumes in a few years”, - said Dmytro Kuleba.

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine named other priority areas of cooperation: military-technical cooperation, education of Afghan students in Ukraine, supply of Ukrainian food to ensure food security of Afghanistan.

The parties as well discussed the case of Iran's downing of a Ukrainian plane flight PS752. The interlocutors agreed that the ultimate goal of the effort should be to ensure justice for the victims of the tragedy and their relatives, regardless of nationality, and not to repeat such a crime in the future.

The ministers also discussed cooperation between Ukraine and Afghanistan in the framework of international organizations, including the United Nations.

Finally, Dmytro Kuleba and Mohammad Atmar exchanged invitations to pay visits at a convenient time.


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