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Afghan, Chinese Leaders Pledge Joint Efforts To Promote Ties

14 Jun 2019 Tolo News

President Ashraf Ghani and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday, pledging joint efforts to promote bilateral relations.

Xi congratulated Afghanistan on the 100th anniversary of its independence and wished the country an early restoration of peace, stability, and development, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on June 14.  

China and Afghanistan are neighbors that enjoy traditional friendship and strategic partnership of cooperation, Xi said.

He said China is willing to deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation with Afghanistan in various sectors within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), steadily promote practical cooperation in economy and trade, and support the two countries’ enterprises to strengthen cooperation based on the principles of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.

Xi said China will, as always, continue to help Afghanistan build its capacity in fighting terrorism and maintaining stability.

He called on the Afghan side to continue to firmly support China in its fight against the terrorist force of East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

The Chinese side firmly supports a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process and will continue to actively encourage and promote talks through various channels to help the Afghan people achieve internal dialogue, Xi said as quoted by Xinhua. 

The Chinese president said his country supports Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations, enhance mutual trust and carry out cooperation and is ready to further promote the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation.

Ghani conveyed congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Ghani and Xi discussed China’s role in Afghan #peace process, regional cooperation, anti-terror efforts, and regional connectivity, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Thursday. 

Quoted by Xinhua, Ghani said that by proposing to build a community with a shared future for mankind and supporting the economic globalization, China has set an example of promoting the construction of a new type of international relations in the 21st century.

According to Xinhua report, Ghani thanked China for the active role it has played in his country’s peace process and in safeguarding regional peace and stability, adding that Afghanistan is committed to fighting, side by side with China, against the “three forces” including the ETIM.

Ghani said that Afghanistan stands ready to align its plan of reconstruction and development with the BRI -- the Belt and Road Initiative -- and set up an even closer trade and economic partnership with China.

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