China, Afghanistan to boost co­op­er­a­tion, jointly fight ter­ror­ism

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By XIN­HUA in Kabul, Afghanistan

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.

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