Putin: Russia wants stable Afghanistan

Aug. 16, 2007 at 4:40 PM

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, that Russia is committed to help stabilize Afghanistan.

"Russia will make every effort to continue the process of normalization in the country," Putin said at a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Interfax reported.

"We will develop not only political contacts, but also economic ties," Putin said. "Given the positive experience of expanding cooperation, we achieve success."

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