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Source: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Report:

President Ashraf Ghani in a phone conversation with His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar this morning discussed Afghan peace process and efforts to expand bilateral relations in trade and economic areas.

The two leaders stressed that MOU on formation of Afghanistan-Qatar joint committee should be drafted in the view of their discussion during President Ghani’s official visit to Qatar as an effort to further strengthen mutual economic and trade ties between the two countries.

President Ghani while expressing his concerns over spiral of violence by the Taliban said, unlike our expectations that violence would be significantly reduced, it has increased substantially. The president said Afghan government seeks the cooperation of Qatar that is currently hosting the negotiations between the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.

The Emir of Qatar condemned the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Helmand and other Afghan cities including the one on Kabul University and said he understands what the people and government of Afghanistan are feeling and that they spare no efforts to cooperate.

The two leaders agreed to continue such conversations in the future.

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