Ghani seeks China’s support for air force development
The president said this during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad on the sidelines of the 5thHeart of Asian Conference.
Yi said China and Afghanistan had a 60-year-old history of relationship and Beijing wanted to strengthen ties with Islamabad, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
He highlighted the importance of the conference and China’s representation in the event because the conference merely focused on the development and stability of the war-torn country.
Yi acknowledged Afghanistan was directly fighting against terrorism and its security forces were capable of dealing with the challenge in a befitting manner.
Ghani said Afghanistan and China enjoyed cordial relationseven in difficult circumstances and stood by each other.
He added the growing activities of terrorist networks in the eastern parts of Afghanistan were a threat to the stability of China as well. Kabul hoped Beijing would help strength the Afghan Air Force.
The president also referred to development projects launched by Chinese companies in Afghanistan. He said the Chinese firm working in the Ainak Copper project had not yet constructed any railroad.
While asking the Chinese foreign minister to remind the company of its promise, Ghani offered Yi China could use the Afghan route for importing gas from Turkmenistan.
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