Ghani holds meetings with Chinese, Russian presidents
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani held wide ranging and separate meetings with Russian and Chinese presidents on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in which the leaders stressed for enhanced and mutual cooperation to deal with emerging threats.
Ghani said that his country would employ all measures to wipe terrorism before the menace could reach to China but Kabul direly needs Beijing cooperation in this connection.
Ghani had held meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russian city.
Ghani said: “We should collaborate jointly to flush out terrorism and terrorists which are interlinked to each other.”
He emphasized that peace was not possible without implementing regional economic projects and asked for a great part for Afghanistan in the revival of silk route which would be beneficial for both states.
He asked Chinese president to emphasis more about peace in Afghanistan in negotiation with Pakistan officials.
He hoped that next decade would be an era of cooperation and assistance and Afghanistan would play vital role as center for transit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping ensured that relation between the two states had been developed since the Unity Government in Afghanistan. He also ensured that China would send several delegations to find joint areas of cooperation between the two states. He quoted examples of gas projects of Amu River and copper Ainak.
Jinping also suggested formation of a committee comprised China, USA and Afghanistan for cooperation.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with Russian President Viladmir Putin, Ghani has there was mutual understanding between the two countries when it came to threats of terrorism and drugs.
The two presidents met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Russia’s Ufa.
Ghani stressed on regional consensus where Afghanistan, Russia, China and India could jointly work against terrorism and drugs.
The two leaders also discussed about support for Afghan air force.
“We want mid-term and long-term agreements on enhancing our trade relations,” said Ghani, adding that 10 per cent of Afghanistan’s trade with Russia took place through Central Asian countries.
“We want Russian investors to feel safe in Afghanistan and we are ready to take steps in this regard,” added Ghani.
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