US, China support peaceful, stable Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States and China on Wednesday pledged their support for a peaceful, stable and unified Afghanistan.
The two countries said this in a joint statement at the conclusion of their annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
“The United States and China continued their close cooperation in support of Afghanistan’s government of national unity, economic development, and security forces,” the statement said.
To advance this vision, US and Chinese counterparts agreed to continue convening a trilateral consultation with Afghanistan, and the two sides agreed to launch new joint training programs for Afghan medical and veterinary professionals, the joint statement said.
In his remarks, the Secretary of State, John Kerry, said on Afghanistan, US and China share a mutual interest in supporting efforts by the government in Kabul to reform its economy and to protect its people from the threat that is posed by violent extremists.
“And that’s why we’ve pursued multiple rounds of trilateral talks with the Afghan government in order to expand our cooperation regarding an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, as well as Afghanistan’s economic development,” he said.
And today, “we agreed to launch a new joint training program for Afghan medical and veterinary professionals,” Kerry said.
The Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said China is ready to work with the U.S. and the rest of the international community to advance the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
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