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China, Afghanistan, Central Asia to develop trade relations

www.uzdaily.com/en
9 December 2020

On 9 December 2020, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Furkat Sidikov took part in a videoconference on promoting trade relations and interconnectedness in “China – Afghanistan – Central Asian states” format.

Deputy heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Central Asian countries discussed the current aspects of countering the coronavirus pandemic, further building up trade and economic cooperation, strengthening interconnectedness and jointly combating terrorism.

The importance of taking comprehensive measures to unite efforts in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 infection, as well as overcoming its socio-economic consequences, was noted.

Main attention was paid to the issues of accelerating the implementation of large transport, communication and energy projects, opening roads and ensuring the safety of the passage of goods in a pandemic.

It was emphasized that the development of transport and transit infrastructure of the Central Asian countries, China and Afghanistan contributes to strengthening trade and economic relations, increasing the trade turnover, as well stimulates cross-border trade.

The parties considered cooperation in the fight against terrorism. In this context, the emphasis was placed on the need for strengthening anti-drug measures, intensifying interaction to curb illegal migration and human trafficking.

During the talks, the parties also exchanged views on other issues of the common agenda.