Diplomatic relations between two countries were established in 1992. Afghan General Consulate operating from 1982 became the Embassy of Afghanistan. Consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan began functioning in 1992 in Mazari Sharif. Military actions in Afghanistan prevented from continuing the work of the consulate and in January 15, 2002 it was reopened.
Uzbek Embassy began its work in Kabul in August, 2002. In March 12, 2003, A.Samad was appointed as an Ambassador of Afghanistan to Uzbekistan by Mr. Kh. Karzai, the Chairman of Afghan Temporary Government. Mr.Karzai visited Uzbekistan at the beginning of March, 2002, by the invitation of Mr. Islam Karimov, the President of Uzbekistan. Two leaders signed joint declaration. It envisages that Uzbekistan will assist Afghanistan to reconstruct its economy supplying water resources, energy, construction materials and others. During the visit to Uzbekistan of Mr. A. Abdulla the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan several above mentioned problems were discussed. In December 22, 2002, Kabul hosted the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the neighboring countries to sign the declaration "On good neighborhood". Mr. M.Ma'rufi the Advisor on International Relations visited Uzbekistan and expressed his will to support the creation of the International Transafghan Corridor.
The Republic of Uzbekistan extended the range of help to the neighboring country and opened Khairatan Bridge in December 16, 2001.
Mr. M. Muhaqqeq the Deputy of Afghan Temporary Chairman visited Uzbekistan in January 2002 to enhance bilateral cooperation the following areas: oil, energy, irrigation, transport and others. The Uzbek Government did much for reconstructing energy system of Afghanistan. "Uzbekenergo" State Share Company signed an agreement with Afghan Energy and Water Economy Ministry to supply energy to Afghanistan. Besides this, the specialists of Uzbekistan, Iran and Afghanistan held discussions on construction of Dugorun-Hirat-Termiz railroad.
Uzbek builders are taking part in constructing of 10 bridges in Afghanistan. 8 of 10 were built and the rest are being reconstructed.
Transit transportations have been negotiated between the two countries and the Agency of Foreign Economic Relations of Uzbekistan is discussing its project.
Trade turnover for 2002 between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan was US $ 61.69 mln. from which US $ 61.5 mln is Uzbek export and US $ 0.19 mln. is import.
Trade turnover for 2003 was US $ 16.46 mln. and Uzbekistan's export was US $ 16.43 mln. and import was US $ 0.03 mln.
The main part of export is energy, refining oil, ferrous metal, road transport means, furniture, food and others. Import is fruit and its production.
In 2003 "Central Asia Trans" State Share Company founded AFCAT - joint uzbek-afghan cargo transportation company.
122 afghan enterprises were registered in Uzbekistan, 39 out of which operate with 100 % of Afghan investment.
In January-March, 2003, foreign trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan accounted for USD 115 thousand, out of which export was USD 108.7 thousand and import - USD 6.3 thousand.
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