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Xi Jinping Meets with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

On June 24, 2016 local time, President Xi Jinping met in Tashkent with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan.

Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, China-Afghanistan relations maintain a sound momentum of development. Regarding Afghanistan as a good neighbour and friend that is trustworthy, China stands ready to conduct close high-level exchanges with Afghanistan and enhance strategic communication. The two sides should strengthen economic cooperation, and focus on promoting progress from projects concerning people's livelihood. Both countries should well implement the memorandum of understanding on jointly promoting the construction of the "Belt and Road" between China and Afghanistan. China supports Afghanistan to participate in connectivity construction, and stands ready to strengthen cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, energy, agriculture, infrastructure construction and human resource development between both countries, and deepen cooperation in anti-terrorism and security, so as to push China-Afghanistan strategic cooperative partnership to a new height.

Xi Jinping stressed that China supports Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and reconciliation process. It is the only way out for Afghanistan to achieve permanent peace by advancing the inclusive reconciliation process of "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned". China will actively participate in the international aid to Afghanistan and support the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to play its due role in the Afghan issue.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani expressed that China is a trustworthy and good friend of Afghanistan. The Afghan side thanks China for its long-term assistance and its support to the peaceful reconciliation process and national reconstruction in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is willing to enhance cooperation with China in such areas as economy and trade, infrastructure, security and human resource development. Afghanistan hopes to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and will actively participate in the construction of the "Belt and Road".

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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