Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleh Uruskyy held an official meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Wali Monawar.
During the event, the current state of relations between the countries and prospects for their development in the future were discussed. The parties also stressed the need to deepen bilateral cooperation and increase trade between the states.
According to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Wali Monawar, today both the leadership of Afghanistan and Ukraine have a mutual interest in the development of economic relations in various areas.
"Afghanistan would like to open a new page in cooperation between the countries. Currently, important areas of bilateral cooperation are education, energy and military-technical cooperation," said Mr. Wali Monawar.
The Ambassador also stressed that the official trade turnover between the countries should be increased and assured that this is an important task of his mission in Ukraine.
In turn, Oleh Uruskyy stressed: "Ukraine is now ready to deepen relations with Afghanistan. There is political will and significant potential for cooperation. Of course, the current official level of trade between the countries is insufficient. We must set ourselves more ambitious goals and achieve even higher performance of cooperation."
Serhii Taruta, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Economic Development, who was present at the meeting, stressed: "Afghanistan is demonstrating certain stability and this opens up a wider range of opportunities for the development of bilateral relations. An agreement was recently signed between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries, providing for the establishing a Chamber of Commerce. This mechanism will promote the development of economic relations between countries and the transition to the conclusion of specific agreements. There is potential for cooperation in the military, energy and infrastructure objects construction."
Deputy Prime Minister Oleh Uruskyy also said: "Our team is ready to promote the development of bilateral relations between the countries. Reaching agreements within the CCI is a good sign. At the same time, we expect that the establishment of the Export Credit Agency, which is currently being worked on by the Ministry for Strategic Industries of Ukraine, will further contribute to the deepening of cooperation between the countries. "
In turn, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Wali Monawar stressed: "I would like to emphasize that if earlier it was a question of providing military and technical assistance to Afghanistan, today the country's leadership aims to deepen cooperation in specific bilateral projects."
During the talks, the participants of the meeting agreed on the need to organize bilateral working visits of relevant delegations to identify specific areas of cooperation between the countries.