Afghanistan is one of Russia's longtime friends


Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the 18th Summit of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

At the meeting, the Russian Prime Minister congratulated the Chief Executive and the Afghan people on holding the presidential elections. He further described Afghanistan as one of Russia's longtime friends and emphasized its key role in regional peace and stability.

Referring to Russian Federation's interest in investing and developing trade between the two countries, the Russian prime minister said that unfortunately the trade between the two countries has decreased and Russia is interested in increasing the trade between the two countries. He said that Russia is ready to invest in infrastructure programs in Afghanistan and to complement the previous plans.

The Russian Prime Minister also added that his country continues to provide assistance to Afghanistan in the field of culture, providing scholarships, training military officers and counter-narcotics.

In another part of his speech, PM. Medvedev said his country supports peace efforts in Afghanistan and hopes peace and stability will return to Afghanistan soon.

The Chief Executive appreciated Russia's assistance to Afghanistan by providing a clear picture of the latest political and military developments, counter-terrorism and regional relations in Afghanistan. He also added that the Afghan presidential election was held despite the Taliban's threats and people went to the polls to defend democracy.

In another part of his speech, the Chief Executive said that peace is a priority for the people and the government and that peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without the cooperation of international friends and allies including Russia. The chief executive appreciated Moscow’s efforts for peace talks.

The Chief Executive welcomed Russia's interest in investing in Afghanistan, and emphasized that Afghanistan welcomes the increase in trade between the two countries.

The Chief Executive termed the terrorism as common threat to regional peace and stability and called for Russia and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to counter terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and in the region.