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Beijing-Delhi on the same page to help Afghanistan

First Afghanistan-India-China Meeting Held

AT News Report

KABUL: The first trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, India, and China headed by Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman and with the participation of Ambassadors of the Republic of India and the Peoples Republic of China was held on Saturday, where India and China expressed readiness to help Afghanistan in several areas.

Deputy Minister Zaman, counting both countries as old friends and good neighbors of Afghanistan added that the three countries should further focus on training civil and military personnel, mining, increased energy production, agriculture and transportation development, regional connectivity, establishing joint chamber of commerce between the three countries, and areas of mutual economic interest, said a statement issued by the ministry.

The Indian and Chinese Ambassadors appreciated Ministry of Foreign Affair’s contribution in holding the meeting and added that their respective countries are ready for necessary cooperation in the mentioned areas.

Last year, India said it would like to pursue more joint projects with China in war-torn Afghanistan as the first batch of 10 Afghan diplomats being jointly trained by both countries started their training program here after they completed their stint in New Delhi. 
The Afghan diplomats, who underwent training in New Delhi from October 15-26, also went under 10-day training stint at the China Foreign Affairs University.
This is the first joint program being undertaken in Afghanistan by India and China. It was part of an understanding at the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping held in April of last year in China’s Wuhan city. 

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