First batch of China’s military assistance arrives in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan officials who on Sunday received China’s first batch of military assistance said the delivery showed Kabul was not alone in the fight against terrorism and that a regional mobilization against the threat had occurred.
The Chinese military assistance received by National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Sunday included weapons, ammunition, military equipment, logistics supplying aircrafts, explosive detection instruments and scanner gates which would be installed at entrances to the capital city. The assistance worths millions of dollars.
Atmar told reporters at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul that the military assistance was formally handed over to the Afghan government by the Chinese authorities.
He thanked the Chinese government for the millions of dollars worth military aid and said the assistance proved that China and Afghanistan faced similar threats and would help each other in this regard.
According to Atmar, the military aid would take Kabul and Beijing relationship to new heights and would help Afghan army and police more effectively fight against terrorism and extremist elements.
Chinese Ambassador in Kabul Deng Xijun said his country enjoyed cordial relations with Afghanistan and the military assistance was a proof of that. He pledged China would provide more assistance to Afghanistan in future.
Earlier, Russia and India had also extended military assistance to Afghanistan in form of weapons and gunship helicopters.
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