China to continue to help with Afghan reconciliation, reconstruction: Premier Li Keqiang

Reuters Dushanbe, Tajikistan Oct 13, 2018, 08.55 AM(IST)

Li Keqiang. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Li made the remarks while meeting with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on the sidelines of the 17th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Government in Tajik capital Dushanbe.

China will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the political reconciliation in Afghanistan and help with the country's peaceful reconstruction, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday.

Li made the remarks while meeting with Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on the sidelines of the 17th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of Government in Tajik capital Dushanbe.

Calling Afghanistan a traditional friend and good neighbour, Li said China will continue with its friendly policy toward Afghanistan and hopes to see the security situation in Afghanistan keep improving so as to provide a peaceful and stable environment for development.

Li said China will continue to support the Afghan government in safeguarding national security and stability and promoting the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political reconciliation and will continue to play a constructive role for this end.

China is willing to help Afghanistan boost reconstruction and improve its people's livelihood by aligning the two countries' development strategies and deepening bilateral practical cooperation, said the Chinese premier.

China also encourages more capable Chinese enterprises to participate in Afghanistan's infrastructure construction so as to boost the country's connectivity with other countries in the region, said Li.

He added that China will enhance anti-terror cooperation and personnel training with Afghanistan, and promote trilateral cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Noting that China has always been a good friend of Afghanistan, Abdullah expressed his gratitude to China for its long-term assistance to his country.

Afghanistan is willing to enhance cooperation with China in economy and trade, electricity generation, agricultural produce and counter-terrorism, and to actively participate in China-Afghanistan-Pakistan cooperation, said Abdullah.