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Afghanistan's Ghani Visits Uzbekistan on Mission to Plug Into Central Asia

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev meeting in Tashkent, on November 5, 2017. (Photo: Uzbekistan presidential administration)

The president of Afghanistan has visited Uzbekistan on a mission to plug his struggling nation into a region from which it has long been isolated, despite the tantalizing proximity.

President Ashraf Ghani traveled to Uzbekistan, for the first time since coming to power in 2014, at the invitation of his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev. 

Among the measurable outcomes to the visit were $500 million worth of export deals. Uzbekistan intends to send electricity to its power-hungry neighbor, as well as agricultural and pharmaceutical goods, building materials and transportation equipment.

Mirziyoyev said on November 5 that Uzbek specialists are set to begin a project building a power line from the village of Surkhan in Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya region to Pol-e-Khomri, a town in Afghanistan just south of Kunduz.

There is also an agreement in place on completing railway line from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, just south of the Uzbek border, through the towns of Sheberghan and Maymana to Herat in the west of Afghanistan.

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