China hopes Afghanistan to keep commitment of fending off external forces

Reuters

HONG KONG, March 24 (Reuters) – China hopes Afghanistan would fulfill its commitment of not allowing any external forces to use its territory as a tool to oppose neighbours, or harm the security of other nations, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.

China welcomes Afghanistan’s active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative, a global infrastructure plan proposed by China, and is willing to push for extending the China-Pakistan economic corridor to Afghanistan, Wang Yi said in a statement published by the China Foreign Ministry.

Wang Yi made the comments in a meeting with Afghanistan’s deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar, the statement said.

Reporting by Meg Shen and Twinnie Siu; Editing by Catherine Evans
China hopes Afghanistan to keep commitment of fending off external forces