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Uzbekistan welcomes interim government in Afghanistan

We hope it will help bring lasting peace, stability in country: Foreign Ministry

Bahtiyar Abdulkerimov   | 08.09.2021
Uzbekistan welcomes interim government in Afghanistan

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan on Wednesday welcomed the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said.

"We hope that this decision will be the first step towards achieving a comprehensive national accord and lasting peace and stability in the country," it said in a statement.

The ministry expressed readiness to develop "constructive dialogue" and "practical cooperation" with the new government formed by the Taliban, who swept to power three weeks ago.

The group has announced a 33-member interim cabinet headed by Mullah Hasan Akhund, expressing hope that it will be recognized by the international community, particularly the Muslim world and neighboring countries.

Afghanistan, which is home to a significant Uzbek minority, shares a 144 kilometer (89 miles) border with Uzbekistan.

*Writing and contribution by Ahmet Gencturk in Ankara

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