Chinese defense minister meets with Afghan military official

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Huang Panyue
2016-08-01 17:20

BEIJING, Aug. 1 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan met with General Qadam Shah Shahim, chief of Army Staff of Afghan National Army, in Beijing on July 31, 2016.

Chang said that China and Afghan are traditional friendly neighbors, and the peoples of the two countries have been maintaining friendly contacts since ancient times. China is willing to work with Afghan to push forward construction of the "One Belt and One Road", so as to achieve common prosperity and development of the two countries, Chang said.

He stressed that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is willing to work with the Afghan National Army to implement the important consensuses reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and further expand areas of cooperation in more forms.

The Chinese Defense Minister also hoped that the militaries of the two countries would strengthen regional anti-terrorism cooperation, crack down on the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) terrorist force and make more contributions to maintaining the common security of the two countries and creating a sound environment for common development.

General Shahim said that with profound traditional friendship, Afghan and China have been adhering to the concepts of peace, friendship and harmonious coexistence, and pushing forward the good momentum of development of the relations between the two countries.

Afghan military is willing to deepen the pragmatic cooperation with the Chinese side in such aspects as personnel training, joint exercises and training, to further crack down on terrorist forces including the ETIM, Shahim said.

Afghan Ambassador to China Janan Mosazai also attended the meeting.

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