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China to push Afghan peace drive, hopes Ghani

China to push Afghan peace drive, hopes Ghani

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Jan 20, 2015 - 21:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday hoped China would take “giant strides” to help Afghanistaninfo-icon promote the reconciliation campaign in near future.

Ghani said this while addressing a function marking the 60th anniversary of Afghanistan-China diplomatic relations at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.

“Today Afghanistan and China are not only going to open a new chapter in their cooperation, but to write a whole joint book --- a book on Asia’s reconstructioninfo-icon. Over the next 20 years, Asia will serve as the worldinfo-icon’s economic hub as it had been three centuries ago.”

The president described as a huge step China’s new programme to revive the ancient Silk Road to let neighbours benefit from its development.He said Afghanistan was proud of being the first country to pave the ground for cooperation between China and the US.

“I hope China will take major steps for peace in Afghanistan because whatever the Chinese do, they do it wisely. Now as China has stepped in, we will be witness to sufficient measures for peace and stability, which is not in the interest of Afghanistan only, but of China and the entire region.”

Ghani visited China about three months ago and urged Beijing to play its role in the Afghan peace process. Later, China announced its willingness to mediate between the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon insurgents.

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