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China pledges to provide USD 32mn to Afghanistan for 2013

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China pledges to provide USD 32mn to Afghanistan for 2013

china-AfgChinese government pledged to extend USD 32.5 million in foreign aid grants to Afghanistan for economic development.

This comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday held talks with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai and reassured that China would continue to stand by Afghanistan and support the peaceful reconstruction process.

“The Chinese side firmly sticks to the Afghanistan-friendly policy, and stands ready to deepen the strategic and cooperative partnership with the Afghan side to benefit the people of the two countries and make contributions to promoting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan as well as the whole region,” Xi told the visiting Afghan president at the Great Hall of the People.

The two parties issued a joint statement that calls for strengthening of cooperation between China and Afghanistan in the political, economic, cultural and security fields, and international and regional affairs.

China will, following the conclusion of the training programs in trade, finance and agriculture, provide training in education and hydraulic engineering this year, and will provide facilities, including government-sponsored scholarships, to more Afghan youths to study in China, support Chinese language education in Afghanistan and encourage exchanges between universities of the two countries, says the document.

In the joint statement, the two sides expressed strong rejection of all forms of terrorism, extremism, separatism and organized crime.
President Karzai welcomed China’s participation in developing Afghan natural resources.



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