Beijing for joint stance on terror with Kabul, Islamabad
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Beijing is trying to adopt a joint position with Kabul and Islamabad on the war against terror and stability in the region, the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan said on Tuesday.
At a joint news conference with Governor Humayun Azizi in Kandahar City, Deng Xijun called China and Afghanistan close neighbours, whose fates were intertwined to a large extent.
Azizi said he had held fruitful talks with the ambassador on a wide range of issues, including enhanced trade ties, opening of a Chinese consulate in the city, education scholarships for Afghan students and investment in power generation.
Xijun said China’s stance on stability in Afghanistan had been clear, ready to stoutly support an Afghan-led peace process. He commended President Ashraf Ghani’s efforts to improve relations with Pakistan.
He described peace a precondition for the progress and prosperity of a country, saying China was trying to help boost the Kabul-Islamabad relationship. “The three countries should forge a common stand against terror, an imperative for the entire region.”
On a two-day visit to the city, the first by a Chinese ambassador in 15 years, the diplomat promised mounting more pressure on Pakistan to increase coordination with Afghanistan on how to overcome their bilateral trust deficit.
He is due to meet Kandahar businessmen on ways of increasing trade links. The China’s trade counsellor will offer advice to Kandahar traders and find them credible partners in that country.
The ambassador urged the provincial businessmen to attend trade shows and exhibitions in China to find a market for their products. He said China had created visa facilities for the Afghans who are already doing business with Beijing.
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