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China will provide 244 million U.S. dollars to Afghanistan

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(Beijing-AlummahWorld, Muharram 8, 1436, 01 Nov 2014) China pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of about 81.43 million U.S. dollars to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held in Beijing on Friday.


China will provide non-reimbursable assistance of about 244 million U.S. dollars over the upcoming three years to Afghanistan, to help the country train 3,000 people of all circles in the upcoming five years and provide 500 scholarships, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang while addressing the opening ceremony of the fourth ministerial conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, state run Xinhua reported.


"Firm support for Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction should be concrete action instead of verbal commitment," the premier said.
He pledged to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as infrastructure construction, agriculture, water conservation and mineral resources exploitation.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged that the Chinese side will implement assistance and training plans, and try to open training courses on anti-terrorism, drug control and disaster management.


China will have a broader and deepened participation in cooperation under the framework of the Istanbul Process, and promote Afghanistan-related regional cooperation, Wang said.
Inaugurated in 2011, the Istanbul Process is the only Afghanistan-related cooperation mechanism led by regional countries.
To promote result-oriented cooperation through practical means, the Istanbul Process has identified a number of confidence building measures (CBM) in areas including anti-terrorism, drug control, disaster management, trade and investment opportunity, regional infrastructure construction and education to be jointly implemented by interested participating and supporting countries and organizations.
According to Wang, 15 cooperation programs in those areas have been conducted over past year, which have seen good results.


He called on all parties involved to implement these programs, provide financial or technological assistance and strengthen cooperation.
Wang also stressed that realizing political reconciliation as soon as possible and strengthening Afghanistan's capability building were of vital importance to its transition process.
He hoped all political parties in Afghanistan work toward the realization of inclusive political reconciliation through dialogue and negotiation. He called on the Istanbul Process to play an important and constructive role in helping Afghanistan.


Premier Li also presented a five-point proposal for the solution of Afghan issue, including insisting self-governance of the Afghan people, promoting political reconciliation among different Afghan political parties, speeding up economic reconstruction, exploring a development path for the country, and strengthening external support.


"The international community should respect Afghanistan's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, not interfere with its internal affairs and support Afghanistan's efforts to realize security and stability", Li said.
He said the international community should respect the choice of the Afghan people regarding the country's development path and social system.


The international community should also support Afghanistan in developing relations with other countries and to participate in global and regional cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and reciprocity, and help it build up security security capability, Li added.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is paying his first China visit since taking office in September, agreed with Li's proposals while addressing the opening ceremony.
He said the Istanbul Process would lay the foundations for an early solution to the Afghan issue as well as the region's peace and stability. He also hailed the important contribution China made to expedite the process.