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China supports Afghanistan’s quest for SCO membership

China supports Afghanistan’s quest for SCO membership

Apr 20, 2016 - 15:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Chinese foreign ministry has reaffirmed continued support for Afghanistaninfo-icon’s full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar won the support pledged at a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister WángYì during his trip to China, the National Security Council (NSC) said.

During the meeting, Wáng offered his condolences to the Afghan nation over Tuesday’s suicide attack that claimed the lives of 64 people and injured 347 others.

Expansion of bilateral relations, Chinese cooperation in the sphere of economic development and a joint struggle against terrorism came up for discussion, a statement from NSC said.

China supported Afghanistan’s anti-terrorism efforts, promising to help equipping Afghan security and defence forces and boost their capacity, the statement added.

Atmar said on his turn that Afghanistan was thankful to China for supporting its quest for SCO membership. He hoped Afghanistan’s membership of the group strengthen regional cooperation efforts.

Afghan forces had been fighting against terrorism on behalf of the entire region and the whole worldinfo-icon, the advisor was quoted as saying.

While pointing to Tuesday’s suicide attack in Kabul, he made clear the Afghan government would no longer pursue peace talks with terrorists, their supporters and financers.



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