The Afghan Delegation Attends the High Level Conference on Central Asia in Bucharest

The Afghan Delegation Attends the High Level Conference on Central Asia in Bucharest

The Afghan Delegation Attends the High Level Conference on Central Asia in Bucharest

On April 15, 2019, the Afghan delegation headed by H.E. Idrees Zaman, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs attended the High Level Conference on Central Asia in Bucharest. 
The conference was organized by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the European External Action Service under the theme of “Connectivity for Sustainable Development” to mark the adoption of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia. 
Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman addressed the conference. Outlining the regional cooperation agenda of Afghanistan, he spoke about the ongoing efforts and priority projects including under RECCA and HoA-IP and stressed the importance of expanded cooperation between Afghanistan, the European Union and the Central Asian Partners in areas such as infrastructure development, trade facilitation, SMEs promotion, women’s entrepreneurship development and education. He also highlighted the significance of greater synergy between the new EU strategy for Central Asia and the regional cooperation priorities including those pursued under RECCA and HoA-IP.
Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation, MoFA, also spoke as a panelist in the second session of the conference. He spoke about the importance of transport and transit issues for Afghanistan and presented major transport and transit corridors including the Lapis Lazuli Route, Chabahar Corridor, the Five Nations Railway, the Belt and Road Initiative as well as the air cargo corridors between Afghanistan and major regional and international partners. He highlighted the importance of soft infrastructure, addressing infrastructure gaps through diversification of fund mobilization as well as the significance of synergy and complementarity including among transport and transit corridors. 
Foreign Ministers and heads of delegations from the European Union and Central Asian countries and partner organizations, while acknowledging the central role of Afghanistan, welcomed the ongoing regional cooperation efforts by the government of Afghanistan and expressed support for all regional connectivity projects that link up Afghanistan to the wider region. They further welcomed the readiness of Central Asian countries to play an active role in the promotion of peace and development in Afghanistan and to connect the region more closely to Afghanistan.

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