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China to provide more assistance to Afghanistan, hopes US

China to provide more assistance to Afghanistan, hopes US

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Mar 26, 2011 - 14:49

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The United States is hopeful China would provide more assistance to stabilise Afghanistaninfo-icon, the Obama Administration’s point man for South and Central Asia has said.

Robert Blake told reporters during a media round table in Astana, Kazakhstan, the United States hoped that China would provide more assistance to Afghanistan to help bring stablility to that important country, similar to the kinds of assistance that it had provided to develop infrastructure in Central Asia.

Both the United States and China agreed that this exchange was a very valuable one and that they should continue it.

"With respect to our dialogue with China on Central Asia, this marked the very first time that the United States has had a dialogue with China on Central Asia,” he said that the two countries discussed the many common interests that they have such as stopping terrorist flows through Central Asia from Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon into China; stopping narcotics flows; and working to improve both the energy infrastructure in Central Asia and also economic growth in Central Asia.

Referring to his talks with the Kazakh leaders, Blake said the United States is concerned about the flow of narcotics coming from Afghanistan.The two countries discussed their mutual interest in helping the stabilization of Afghanistan. 

“I described the very important process of transition that is underway to allow Afghan security forces to gradually assume responsibility for the security of Afghanistan,” he said. 

“I explained that American and other international forces will remain in Afghanistan at least through the end of that transition which is scheduled for the end of 2014, and after that we are likely to remain in an advisory role and to continue with counter-terrorist efforts,” Blake said.

“We discussed regional security and our joint efforts to assist the stabilization of Afghanistan.  We discussed Kazakhstan’s initiative to address Afghanistan during its chairmanship of the Organization for Islamic Countries this year,” the US official said.

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