KUWAIT – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met with Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the new Emir of Kuwait, according to the Palace, expressing his deepest condolences and sympathies on passing of the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Upon Ghani’s arrival to the Gulf State, the new Emir “wished prosperity and peace for Afghanistan” and offered his gratitude to President Ghani’s visit and “conveying his condolences in person”, ARG (also the Presidential Palace) said in a thread Monday afternoon.
Soon after, President Ghani met with Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait, where both sides stressed on enhancing bilateral relations.
“We highly appreciate your coming personally and be with us in our sad days, and hope to have you in our happy days too,” said the Prime Minister of Kuwait, as ARG quoted.
Ghani termed the unity of Gulf States vital for peace in Afghanistan and stability of the region and beyond, saying, “Peace has moved from a wish to a process with an end-state of a sovereign, united, independent and democratic Afghanistan.”
“We pursue a political settlement to end the war, we are not only focused on peacemaking but peace-building,” he said. “We will strongly focus on some 45 districts suffered the most and implement reintegration, strengthening the social component of the peace.”
Meanwhile, the President, expressed keenness to expand bilateral ties with Kuwait during the meeting, as he said, “We welcome the Kuwait Fund and further encourage Kuwait investment in Afghanistan. We desire to reach to Kuwait markets for our agricultural products.”
[EARLIER: ‘Ghani Heads to Kuwait, Qatar for 2-Day Official Visit’]
President Ashraf Ghani left for an official visit to Kuwait and Qatar Monday morning, according to the Palace, to “pay homage” to late Emir of Kuwait, then he will head to Qatar for a two-day visit.
Ghani is leading a high-ranking government delegation first to Kuwait to “offer Fatiha for and pay homage” to the late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and to “convey his sympathies to the State and people of Kuwait”.
“President Ghani then will travel to Doha, the capital of Qatar, on a two-day official visit where he is set to meet Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir of Qatar; Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz al-Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar, including a number of other senior officials of the country to discuss efforts for deepening Afghanistan-Qatar bilateral relations and mutual cooperation in various areas,” the Presidential Palace said in a thread Monday morning.
He is scheduled to address a gathering at Doha Institute, where Qatar’s prominent diplomats, lecturers, academicians and students will attend as well, according to the Palace.
The President will be accompanied by First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, Chief of Staff for the President Mohammad Shakir Kargar, and General Director of the Administrative Office of the President Fazel Mahmood Fazly.
Meanwhile, Acting Minister of Higher Education Abbas Basir, Acting Minister of Education Rangina Hamidi, Acting Minister of Economy Karima Hamid Faryabi, Member of the Lower House Ajmal Rahmani, Member of the Upper House Abdul Latif Nahzatyar, and Ambassadors of Afghanistan to Kuwait and Qatar will attend him during the visit.