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Statement by H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan On the Occasion of His Official Trip to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates
H.E. President Hamid Karzai


It is a tremendous pleasure for me to be in the United Arab Emirates. I am grateful to His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE for his kind invitation and his very generous hospitality.

I also take this opportunity to thank His Highness the President, leaders and people of the Emirates for their continued support to the people of Afghanistan now and during difficult times in the past.

We are proud of our relations with the UAE, which are very deeply rooted, and we are pleased that with this visit we took another step in further strengthening our relations.

I am much encouraged by the warm interest that the UAE leadership has shown in strengthening stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, and in being part of this process. Over the last four years, Afghanistan has taken significant steps towards peace and prosperity. Without assistance from the UAE and the rest of the international community, we would not have achieved what we have today. So part of the purpose of my trip today is to thank the UAE for its support to Afghanistan over the past four years.

Both our countries are located very strategically. Afghanistan is gradually regaining its historical place as a land-bridge in this region, connecting South Asia Central Asia and the Middle East. The UAE is today a significant economic power in the region with extremely promising prospects for the future. Cooperation in various fields between the UAE and Afghanistan will not only benefit the people of the two countries, but will also have a positive impact on the region as a whole.

Afghanistan today is a land of great promise - it offers tremendous opportunities of business and investment. Many global businesses have already come to explore and invest in Afghanistan. I am pleased that the UAE’s Etisalaat company is also in Afghanistan now. Today, I would like to invite other UAE investors to come to Afghanistan and become part of this historical opportunity.

Once again, I am very pleased to be here. I am proud to have become part of a long tradition of brotherly relations between our two countries.

I would like to invite His Highness President Khalifa to visit Afghanistan in the near future. The Afghan people would be proud to get the opportunity to welcome His Highness and other leaders of the UAE to their country.

Thank you.


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