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China-led CA5 countries declare support to Afghan peace process

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: Participants of virtual China-Afghanistan-Central Asian Countries (CA5) Vice Foreign Ministers’ Meeting called on the international community to support the Afghan peace and reconciliation process, step up counter-terrorism cooperation and create an enabling environment for relevant cooperation.

The meeting on Trade and Connectivity was successfully held, said Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry at a press conference.

According to the spokesperson, all sides had an in-depth exchange of views on regional cooperation and reached positive consensus with good effects.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Luo Zhaohui chaired the meeting and put forward four proposals for cooperation: deepening the cooperation on global Covid-19 response, expanding economic and trade cooperation, advancing connectivity, and deepening cooperation on the counter-terrorism and security fronts.

Afghanistan and CA5 all spoke highly of China’s proposals and success in hosting the meeting, which built a new platform for regional countries to ex-change experience and deepen cooperation.

All participants expressed readiness to foster a new cooperation model adapted to the pandemic situation and deepen coordination between the BRI and national development strategies to maintain the stability of regional industrial and supply chains and unleash the full potential of regional cooperation.

This Meeting on Trade and Connectivity was a new exploration by the seven countries to enhance solidarity and cooperation and jointly deal with the current challenges amid the changing international and regional landscape as well as the Covid-19 situation.

It reflects their shared aspiration of working together for sustainable development. China will work with other parties to make good use of this platform and advance regional cooperation, the spokesperson added.

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