PRESS RELEASE

On the Telephone Conversation
of the Presidents of Russia and Afghanistan

The presidents discussed topical issues pertaining to the implementation of agreements on developing cooperation between Russia and Afghanistan in bilateral and multilateral formats, which were reached at the meeting in Sochi in August this year.

Hamid Karzai called for further intensification of cooperation with Russia and increasing its role in resolving problems in Afghanistan, as well as the region on the whole. He expressed appreciation for Russias contribution in various areas.

In discussing their joint fight against current challenges and threats the presidents of Russia and Afghanistan particularly noted the recent anti-drugs operation as a result of which a large quantity of drugs and drug-producing equipment was destroyed. The two leaders remarked that the operation had involved the first instance of cooperation between antidrug agencies of Afghanistan, the USA and Russia. Both presidents supported further expanding of joint efforts in this area and increasing coordination levels.

The leaders also discussed concrete steps to boost Russian-Afghan trade and economic cooperation and promote concrete projects.

The telephone conversation was initiated by the Afghan side.

November 4, 2010