A Kazakh delegation led by Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov visited Kabul on December 25 to discuss trade, transit routes and other economic cooperation as well as political ties with the government led by the Taliban, Afghan media reported.

The Taliban’s acting Minister of Industry and Commerce Nooruddin Azizi said efforts were underway to establish a mutual chamber of commerce between the two countries.

The two sides discussed resuming direct flights, Azizi added without providing further details.

Sultanov said Kazakhstan was also interested in expanding trade through Afghanistan to South Asia.

Sultanov also met with the acting deputy prime minister of the Taliban, Abdul Salam Hanafi, and the acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi.

The Kazakh delegation brought 500 kilos of medical supplies for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. Sultanov said the next aid packages from Kazakhstan would arrive in Afghanistan by land.

Kazakh government officials have visited Kabul several times since the hardline Taliban group seized control of Afghanistan in August.

During one of these visits in October, the Kazakh delegation said that Kazakhstan had delivered 5,000 tons of flour and other humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and also offered to provide its QazVac vaccine developed in the country against the COVID-19.

Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, are also in talks with the Taliban over future projects linking Central Asia to South Asia via Afghanistan.

None of the Central Asian states, however, have signaled their willingness to formally recognize the Taliban government.

Based on reports from tolonews.com and pajhwok.com