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Joint session on ‘Silk Road’ revival held in Kabul

By Akhtar M.Nikzad-KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the Embassy of Republic of China launched a joint seminar about initiatives and roadmaps for building the Silk Road here in Kabul on Sunday.

Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai said that if One Belt One Road [Silk Road] project is not implemented, peace and prosperity would remain as a far-away dream in the country and conflict will remain in the region and affecting every county.

Karzai stressed that the great Silk Road is the beginning of the comical road and it is the establish point for connectivity of Asian, European and African civilizations.

“The economic development along the Silk Road will make the international development order, if once the idea of One Belt One Road is implemented successfully it would pave the ground for expansion of trade ties and economic development in the region,” he mentioned

He said that to make the One Belt One Road a reality it will require joint innovative cooperation, communication on policy and public investments.

“If Afghan remains landlocked many other central Asia would remain landlocked as well, if Afghanistan remains isolated the neighboring countries will stay in the regional of community” asserted.

Deputy Foreign Minister said that both Afghanistan and China plan to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint building of the Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road in Beijing later this month .

“The MoU will not only focus on economic cooperation, but also it focuses on peace, openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefits, thus Afghanistan welcome China One Belt One Road initiatives and strongly support its implantation through Afghanistan,” he emphasized.

China Ambassador to Kabul said that annually Beijing has around one billion dollar business dealings with Kabul which is very low level in compare to the other countries. .

He said that Afghanistan is a juncture point for East Asia and South Asia countries and without connection of Afghanistan the regional countries would remain isolated.

“Silk Road project initiative is a common aspiration of all countries along routes. China is ready to conduct consultation with some countries along the Belt and Road to seize the opportunity. Afghanistan and China will achieve on their command development goals in the coming year, he said.

Some economists believe that China attempts to share Pakistan contribution in Silk Road to expand its dragon trade in Southern Asia countries, but Afghan government is not ready to contribute Pakistan in this important transportation route.

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