China, Afghanistan to boost cooperation, jointly fight terrorism
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met on Saturday with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, with both nations expressing willingness to deepen cooperation and combat terrorism.
Wang said China is willing to work with Afghanistan to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and push forward the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership for further development.
Afghanistan is an important partner in jointly implementing the Belt and Road Initiative, and China is willing to expand bilateral trade and investment and help Afghanistan speed up its reconstruction and development process, Wang said.
China appreciates Afghanistan’s efforts in fighting the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, and will continue to offer support and help to build Afghanistan’s anti-terrorism capacity, he said.
Wang said China appreciates Afghanistan’s promotion of the reconciliation process and supports the international community’s playing a constructive role.
China is willing to work with Afghanistan and Pakistan to implement the results of the 2nd ChinaAfghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue, promote the continuous improvement of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and further advance development of the nations’ trilateral cooperation.
Ghani said his country is willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation with China, expand trade and increase personnel training.
The Memorandum of Understanding on Counter-Terrorism signed by Afghanistan, China and Pakistan will strongly push forward regional anti-terrorism cooperation, and Afghanistan will continue to firmly strike all forms of terrorism, the Afghan president said.
Wang also met with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday.
The state councilor said the two countries have seen the friendly development of bilateral relations thanks to support from their leaders and the two peoples.
China is willing to work with Afghanistan to further strengthen personnel training, enhance locallevel cooperation, improve people’s livelihood, steadily advance aid programs for Afghanistan and further advance their cooperation in all fields, he said.
Wang said the trilateral foreign ministers’ dialogue has achieved positive results and reached consensus. On the basis of fully respecting the wishes of Afghanistan, Beijing is willing to continue playing a constructive role and support Kabul in the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process to achieve inclusive political reconciliation at an early date.
China appreciates the progress achieved in the improvement of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and supports the two countries in strengthening dialogue, promoting mutual trust and continuing to improve bilateral relations. China is willing to work together with the two countries to deepen anti-terrorism cooperation and fight terrorism in all forms, Wang said.
Abdullah said the two countries have seen the sound development of bilateral ties with cooperation in every sector yielding fruitful results.
Afghanistan will continue to support China on issues concerning China’s core interests, Abdullah said. Afghanistan also is devoted to advancing the peace process in the country and is willing to continue improving ties with Pakistan, he added.