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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

50-Member Team to Fly to Kabul

Russia will send a 50-member delegation to Kabul within a few days for talks on reviving the Afghan economy that should lead to some tentative agreements, visiting Afghan Interior Minister Younis Qanooni said Friday.

"We clearly understand that everyone in Russia is interested in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan and in reinforcing security and interior bodies," Qanooni told reporters after a round of talks with the Interior, Emergency Situations and Foreign ministries, the Federal Security Service and Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Qanooni said the Emergency Situations Ministry had offered its expertise in setting up a fire-fighting service, while the Interior Ministry will provide training and equipment for Afghan police.

He said that a team of businessmen would leave for Kabul this week and that Luzhkov had extended an invitation to Kabul Mayor Fazl Karim Aymaq to visit to discuss areas of cooperation.

He did not elaborate on who would be in the delegation but said proposals on the table included the rebuilding of a construction materials plant.

An Economic Development and Trade Ministry official said a number of companies including the Zarubezhtransstroi construction firm and trading firms Selkhozpromexport, Tekhnopromexport and Tyazhpromexport have expressed interest in working in Afghanistan if financing is found.

Afghanistan's interim leader, Hamid Karzai, is scheduled to visit Moscow on March 11-12.