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Beijing reaffirms support to Kabul war on terror

Beijing reaffirms support to Kabul war on terror

Nov 22, 2017 - 18:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chinese envoy in Kabul on Wednesday renewed his country’s commitment to cooperating with Afghanistaninfo-icon in the fight against terrorism -- a common threat to both the countries.

Addressing a gathering at the Chinese Embassy here, Charge D’Affairs Zhang Zhixin said China supported an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process and China being a responsible nation wanted to play an effective role in Afghanistan’s stability.

The envoy said his country backed cordial relations between Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon so that the two countries could cooperate in the fight against terrorism and resolve their problems through dialogue in a friendly environmentinfo-icon.

He added China was striving to remove trust deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan in order the two countries could effectively deal with terrorism.

Zhixin said the 19th National Congress of the China Communist Party was recently held, in which China’s foreign policy and Afghanistan were discussed.

“We try how to work for common welfare so that all people can develop and enable themselves to get what the modern day worldinfo-icon offers,” he said.

He said China foreign policy’s first priority was fostering cordial relationship with other countries based on mutual respect, common interest, and assistance which benefited all.

The second priority was to improve public lives and for this purpose, “we should have a developed world where peace and stability and political environment enable people enjoy their lives.”

Shedding light on the historic relationship between Afghanistan and China, Zhixin said the relationship between the two countries was 2,000 years old.

“In the past, the two countries were connected through the Silk Road. The historic relationship was based on mutual respect and cooperation. During this period, no issue annoyed us. We are proud of this historic relationship and want to continue it.”

Chine would continue it assistance with the Afghanistan national unity and would support it in future, he pledged.

Sultan Ahmad Baheen, senior official of the Afghan foreign ministry, said China and Afghanistan relations were strategic ----- based on mutual respect, confidence and cooperation.

Afghanistan welcomed China’s support in the peace process, security and regional cooperation, he added.

Baheen hailed China’s impressive development in the past 40 years and believed this development happened due to strong central government and public participation.

The strong central government and public participation helped China achieved common welfare and durable stability, something Afghanistan should learn from.





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