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Abdullah hails China’s support, stress on Afghan-led peace process

AT-KABUL: The chief executive officer (CEO) of the country Abdullah Abdullah welcomed Beijing’s efforts to help the Afghan government in the reconciliation process with the Taliban, but said the process had to be Afghan-led.

Delivering a lecture at the O.P Jindal Global University’s Sonipat campus the other day, Abdullah said the Afghan government wants peace and stability but with dignity.

Regarding Beijing’s role in the reconciliation process, the CEO said: “Support from China is welcomed, but the talks have to be Afghan led and inclusive.”

While speaking on Afghan-India relations, he said that the two countries have long standing relations which are not just Government to Government but people to people relations. “There is great cultural affinity, mutual respect and civilizational commonality. Post 2001 India has emerged as the fifth biggest donor with a multi-dimensional role. I thank India for helping us when we were in dire crisis,” he said.

On the future of the relations between the two countries and India’s contributions in specific areas, he said that there is no limit on what India can do for Afghanistan, strategically India is welcome to contribute in all areas, including education, human capacity building and in the security sector.’

Speaking on the relationship between the role of educational institutions and nation building, Abdullah said that “Afghanistan had been deprived for more than three decades and educational initiatives were disrupted by the war and terrorism.” He emphasized on the need for Indian assistance in the field of education in Afghanistan.

The Lecture was attended by diplomats, scholars, faculty members, media and students as well as an Afghan delegation including Ambassador of Afghanistan to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Political and Foreign Policy Advisor to the chief executive of Afghanistan Said Tayeb Jawad, and Special Assistant to the CEO Ahmad Zahir Anwari.

Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. C Raj Kumar said, “We have been committed to significant institution building initiatives in Afghanistan for the last five years. Trainings of Afghan civil servants of various ministries on Human Resource Management, Good Governance and Public Administration under the Capacity Building for Results (CBR) Facility of the Ministry of Finance as well as capacity building for Ministry of Justice &capacity building for Ministry of Commerce and Industries, government of Afghanistan.”

He said that they intend to do a lot more in the fields of research, training and capacity building of key civilian institutions in Afghanistan.

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