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China to help build Afghan military capacity: diplomat

20 Jan 2018 - 21:19
20 Jan 2018 - 21:19

KABUL would be helpful in fighting against terrorism and ensuring peace in the region, a senior Chinese diplomat in Kabul said on Saturday

Zhang Zhixin, Charge d’Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Kabul, said this while addressing a seminar involving Afghan and Chinese experts titled, ‘Afghanistan-China Bilateral Relations’ organized by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) here.

Abdul Baqi Amin, head of CSRS, addressing the meeting, termed China as a kind and honest neighbor of Afghanistan and said Afghanistan needed China’s help in developing its industry, agriculture and economy.

He said China also needed Afghanistan. Calling China’s role as important in the Afghan-lead peace talks, he said: “China also can play an important role reaching understandings between Russia and the US as well as between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Reassuring his country’s continued support for Afghanistan, Zhang Zhixin said China was trying to convert Afghanistan into an economic and political center.

“We have decided to support Afghanistan in the military area and work for military’s capacity building in Afghanistan so we would be able to ensure peace in our own country and the region,” he said.

“China and Afghanistan are against terrorism, we have made efforts in this area and we thank Afghanistan for its support in eliminating Eastern Turkistan terrorists,” he said.

He said recently a trilateral contact was established between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan that would be helpful in elimination of terrorism and ensuring peace in the region.

He said his country always supported advancement in the Afghan peace process and development, business and stability in Afghanistan.

Abdul Karim Khuram, former president Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff, also said Afghanistan-China relationship was important and China could help Afghanistan in areas of agriculture, economy, business development and peace and stability.

This relation should be positively used and the relations between the two countries needed to be further improved, he concluded.

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