|State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Speaks by Phone with Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar|
On 27 April, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar.
Atmar hailed China's effective COVID-19 response and thanked China for providing large amount of medical supplies and sharing experience. The Afghan side will do its utmost to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in Afghanistan. The Belt and Road Initiative, warmly welcomed and actively participated by Afghanistan, has brought benefits to the two countries and the wider region. Afghanistan is committed to working with China to promote the Belt and Road cooperation and take the strategic and cooperative partnership between the two sides to a new level.
Atmar stressed that the Afghan government is firmly committed to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, and has formulated plans for a comprehensive ceasefire and the opening of intra-Afghan negotiations. Afghanistan highly appreciates China's constructive role and hopes that China will continue to work with regional countries to urge Taliban to reach early agreement with the Afghan government. Afghanistan is also firmly committed to promoting the tripartite cooperation with China and Pakistan, and hopes that China will continue to assist Afghanistan in improving its relations with Pakistan.
Wang noted that the two countries enjoy the tradition of mutual understanding, trust and support. As a neighbor and strategic and cooperative partner of Afghanistan, China is never absent when Afghanistan is in need and always lends a helping hand without any hesitation. In addition to its provision of emergency medical supplies urgently needed in Afghanistan, China will do its best to further support the country in light of its needs. China will continue to take good care of the Afghan nationals in China and trusts that the Afghan government will also ensure the safety and health of Chinese nationals in Afghanistan. As this year marks the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries, China will work with Afghanistan to deepen the Belt and Road cooperation and cooperation in other fields for the benefit of the two countries and peoples.
Wang expressed support for the Afghan government's positive proposals on peace and reconciliation and hope that all parties stay confident and patient for an early political agreement. The future political arrangements of Afghanistan should feature broad representation, strong determination to combating terrorism of all forms, and firm commitment to a foreign policy of peace and friendship. As a neighbor and friend of Afghanistan, China respects the Afghan people's choice of their own development path and stands ready to continue to support, mediate and facilitate the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and further play its constructive role.
Wang said that China, more than anyone else, wants to see a harmonious Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and will contribute to any effort that helps improve the mutual trust and relations between the two sides. China is willing to hold a China-Afghanistan-Pakistan foreign ministers' dialogue at an appropriate time to push forward cooperation among the three countries.