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Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan has signed four agree­ments with China to im­prove trade and com­merce re­la­tions and bi­lat­eral eco­nomic ties. The agree­ments also cover the is­sues of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and travel per­mits for pub­lic ser­vants of China and Afghanistan. The agree­ments were signed dur­ing Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani's visit to Beijing, his first of­fi­cial trip abroad as pres­i­dent. Ghani and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Xi Jin­ping, pledged for long term co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The travel agree­ment will al­low Afghan and Chi­nese gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to visit each other’s coun­try with­out re­quir­ing a visa. An­nounc­ing his support for the na­tional unity gov­ern­ment in Afghanistan, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Jin­ping said, "We will con­tinue our strate­gic and friendly ties be­tween Afghanistan and China. China is com­mit­ted on sup­port­ing Afghanistan to pro­tect its free­dom, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment." China also of­fered to me­di­ate be­tween Afghanistan and Pak­istan on se­cu­rity re­lated is­sues.

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