China pledges aid to Afghan militaryChina has pledged more than $70 million to support the military sector of Afghanistan, the Office of the President – ARG Palace said.

The latest commitment by Beijing to support the Afghanistan military followed during a visit to Afghanistan by Chief of China’s People’s Liberation Army Mr. Fang Fenghui.

A statement by ARG Palace said President Ghani met with the delegation of the Chinese officials led by General Fenghui on Monday evening.

The statement further added Gen. Fenghui briefed President Ghani regarding the plans, views and programs of the China’s President regarding Afghanistan and the region.

Gen. Fenghui quoted in the statement by ARG Palace said “The people of China remembers and appreciates your efforts while serving with the World Bank and implementation of irrigation projects in various parts of China.”

He also hailed Afghanistan’s efforts and steps taken by the Afghan government for expanding ties with the world, maintaining peace and fight against terrorism, pledging Beijing’s cooperation in this regard.

He pledged more than $70 million in fresh military aid to Afghanistan, saying the latest aid will follow besides Beijing’s ongoing cooperation in development and economic sector.

Gen. Fenghui also added that China will call a regional summit to implement the proposal by President Ghani during Shanghai conference for fight against terrorism.

Reiterating China’s commitment to fight terrorism in the region, Gen. Fenghui said Afghanistan is located in a strategic location and acts as an important economic belt, which is continuously threatened by the terror groups.

He recommended a joint fight against the menace of terrorism as per the frame work of Quadrilateral group comprising of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, China and Pakistan, with information sharing to be the central part of the group.

Gen. Fenghui said China remains committed to support Afghanistan with the available resources and facilities, hailing the Afghan forces who are currently busy in suppressing the international terrorism.

Meanwhile, President Ghani said terrorism remains a threat not only for Afghanistan but also threatens regional countries, including China.

He said the Afghan forces will continue to their fight against terrorism, saying the terrorists are receiving training outside the country and are deployed to Afghanistan.

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