In­dia, China launch 1st joint project to train Af diplo­mats

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Bei­jing: In a move that could up­set Pak­istan, In­dia and China have launched their first joint pro­gramme for Afghanistan to train its diplo­mats.

An un­der­stand­ing to launch a joint pro­gramme in Afghanistan was reached dur­ing an in­for­mal sum­mit be­tween PM Naren­dra Modi and Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping held in April at China’s Wuhan city. As per the un­der­stand­ing, of­fi­cials of both sides had been asked to iden­tify the project. Train­ing the Afghanistan’s diplo­mats has been agreed as the first joint project agreed by both the coun­tries.

“First joint pro­gramme by In­dia and China for Afghanistan be­gins,” ac­cord­ing to a tweet put out by the In­dian em­bassy in Bei­jing on Satur­day.

In­dian Am­bas­sador to Afghanistan (Vi­nay Ku­mar) “hosted 10 Afghan Diplo­mats who will be trav­el­ling to In­dia for the 1st In­dia-China joint train­ing pro­gramme for Afghan diplo­mats un­der the aegis of the Tri­lat­eral Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia, China and Afghanistan,” the tweet said.

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