Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday said Afghanistan is at a critical point of transition from “chaos to order,” and said that China supports sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan.
“China always respects Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and has committed to supporting its pursuit of peace, stability and development,” Xi said in a written statement ahead of a second day of the third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting among the Neighboring Countries of Afghanistan in Tunxi of China.
“Having gone through so much in the past, Afghanistan is in urgent need of development in many areas,” Xi said, adding Afghanistan is a common neighbor and partner of all participating countries, and “we form a community with a shared future linked by the same mountains and rivers who would rise and fall together.”
Xi also said that a peaceful, stable, developing and prosperous Afghanistan, which is the aspiration of all the Afghan people, is also in the common interests of regional countries and the international community.
Xi stressed that the neighboring countries of Afghanistan should do their best to build consensus and coordinate efforts to support the people of Afghanistan in building a brighter future.
However, the Chinese President Xi did not touch upon the human rights abuses in Afghanistan and also made no statement over closure of the girl’s schools by the Taliban.
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