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Talks Underway with Chinese Companies On Fate of Aynak Copper Mine

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KABUL: The negotiations are being continued with the Chinese companies over the Mes Aynak mine- the biggest copper mine in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said.

According to the ministry, a delegation of the Chinese government has arrived in Kabul to discuss the Mes Aynak project.

 “They will be physically in Kabul in March and will discuss the issue with the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum,” said Esmatullah Borhan, a spokesman of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Construction of a railway from Torkham border to Hairatan Port, a thermal power plant with a capacity of four hundred megawatts, the construction of Mes Aynak road, and copper processing inside Afghanistan are among the significant points in the Mes Aynak Logar mine contract with MCC China.

The officials in Logar province said that all preparations have been laid out to kick off the Mes Aynak Logar copper project.

“China MCC is in contact with the officials of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and they have shown readiness. There are some issues that are being discussed and these issues will be resolved,” said Rafiullah Samim, director of information and culture in Logar province.

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