KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday, pledging joint efforts to promote bilateral relations.
Xi congratulated Afghanistan on the 100th anniversary of its independence and wished the country an early restoration of peace, stability, and development, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on June 14.
He said China is willing to deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation with Afghanistan in various sectors within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), steadily promote practical cooperation in economy and trade, and support the two countries’ enterprises to strengthen cooperation based on the principles of mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.
He called on the Afghan side to continue to firmly support China in its fight against the terrorist force of East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
The Chinese side firmly supports a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process and will continue to actively encourage and promote talks through various channels to help the Afghan people achieve internal dialogue, Xi said as quoted by Xinhua.
The Chinese president said his country supports Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations, enhance mutual trust and carry out cooperation and is ready to further promote the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation.