By Nigar Abbasova
Azerbaijan and Afghanistan have considered creation of joint enterprises for the production of food products.
The issue was on the highest agenda during the meeting between Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Mohammad Taqi Khalili, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Baku.
The sides have discussed economic cooperation between the two countries and other issues of mutual interest. They mentioned that the two countries have a huge potential for the cooperation in different spheres including transportation, logistics, agriculture and trade.
The sides also exchanged views on construction of a cement plant in Afghanistan.
Baku strongly supports Afghanistan on its path towards reaching stability. The contribution of Azerbaijan to the stability and development of Afghanistan is not restricted in the involvement in NATO operations. Azerbaijan supports the Afghan way of reforms by its assistance in the areas of education, infrastructure and transport development, investments and enhancing the role of women in the society.
Earlier, it was reported that ASAN service, an innovative Azerbaijani model of public service delivery, will also be established in Afghanistan. The relevant document was signed between the ASAN and Finance Ministry of Afghanistan.
Trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Afghanistan was $23.47 million in the first half of 2016, according to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, and the entire amount accounted for the export of Azerbaijani goods to Afghanistan.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recognized the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan on December 21, 1991. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on November 16, 1994.
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