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PM notes that Russia favors restoration of Afghanistan as independent state

December 01, 12:18 UTC+3 SOCHI

The Afghan chief executive thanked Medvedev for Moscow’s stance on the issue

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SOCHI, December 1. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that Moscow continues to be committed to Afghanistan’s restoration as an independent and stable nation.

"I would like to reiterate Russia’s stance on restoring Afghanistan as an independent, self-reliant, stable and economically strong nation," Medvedev said at a meeting with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

The Afghan chief executive thanked Medvedev for Moscow’s stance on the issue. He noted that Russia is pursuing the policy aimed at stabilizing and developing economic cooperation between the two countries.

He stressed that terrorism is a common threat, and this creates conditions for the two countries to cooperate more closely to counter this threat.

For his part, Medvedev described the meeting as "a good opportunity to discuss bilateral ties." He suggested "synchronizing watches on bilateral trade and economic cooperation and regional security issues."

According to Afghanistan’s chief executive, the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State is an opportunity to see once again what can be done to foster ties in various areas.

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