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Afghanistan, Turkey Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

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(Kabul-AlummahWorld, Dhul-AlHijjah 25, 1435, 19 Oct 2014) Afghanistan and Turkey signed the strategic cooperation agreement during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Kabul on Saturday, Turkish media reported.
The strategic cooperation agreement signed by the leaders of the two nations focuses economic development, including agriculture, mining, transport, construction and improvement of small and medium enterprises.

A commission will be formed for the implementation of the strategic cooperation agreement Kabul and Istanbul where the presidents of the two countries will have annual meetings regarding the progress of the projects.
President Ashraf Ghani Ahamdzai said the signing of the agreement paves the way for a long term cooperation between the two nations.
He further added that Turkey will assist the Afghan government to connect Afghanistan with Turkey through Turkmenistan and Caspian sea, besides supporting Afghanistan to develop a better aviation administration.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey remains committed to assist in maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

President Ahmadzai said that Turkey within the framework of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) would help Afghanistan in the fields of railway construction and aerial transport development, besides construction of Ali Abad hospital and a University named after Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi in Kabul.

In response to a question, the visiting dignitary said that trilateral consultations among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey had been a success. Pakistan’s cooperation played a key role in facilitating the recent presidential election, he insisted.
At the bilateral talks, Ahmadzai said, they discussed counter-terrorism measures. He added terrorism was a shared problem whose resolution needed a comprehensive regional strategy.
Erdogan, the first Turkish president to visit Afghanistan in 56 years, arrived in Kabul earlier in the day for talks with Ahmadzai and other high-ranking officials.
He inaugurated a road constructed in Kabul with the financial support of Turkey.