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Atmar on China’s role in war on terror

AT-KABUL: National Security Adviser, HanifAtmar emphasized on China’s role in the fight against terrorism, development in the Afghan peace process, bilateral economic relationships and the regional consensus.

Atmar who is in Beijing for an official visit, met with Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, discussing further strengthening of the Kabul-Beijing relations, the National Security Council said Saturday.

He added that peace and stability in the region was more needed now rather than any other time, suggesting some joint measures to the Chinese side.

Atmar also said that continuing relations would open ‘a new chapter’ in the bilateral relationships.

Wang called Afghanistan as an “important neighbor” for China, saying that Beijing would support the Afghan-led peace process. He promised that his country would further increase cooperation with Afghanistan in fight against terrorism and remove terrorist groups.

The two sides then talked on President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to China for attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit planned to be held in Beijing and called the visit ‘important’.

Atmar assured Chinese sides of resolving of problems related to the Ainak Copper mine and the Amu Daria oil projects contracted with Beijing, suggesting more discussions between the two countries for the solution. He asked Chinese government to send a technical team to Afghanistan to jointly work with Afghan authorities for the solution.

The two sides also agreed on a meeting of Afghan-Chinese-Pakistani foreign ministers to be held in Kabul.

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