China to provide assistance of $244 million to Afghanistan in three years

AfghanistanChina to provide assistance of $244 million to Afghanistan in three years

China to provide assistance of $244 million to Afghanistan in three years

BEIJING, China: The Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has said that his country will provide non-reimbursable assistance of $244 million in the upcoming three years to Afghanistan.

In his address at the opening ceremony of the fourth ministerial conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan held in Beijing on Friday, Li said that China will provide non-reimbursable assistance of $81.43 million to Afghanistan this year.

The Chinese premier said that his country will help Afghanistan train 3,000 people of all circles in the upcoming five years and provide 500 scholarships.

The premier pledged to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in such areas as infrastructure construction, agriculture, water conservancy and mineral resources exploitation.

Li also presented five-point proposals 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 to it.

Li Keqiang said that 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.

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