China-led CA5 countries declare support to Afghan peace process

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Observer Report

Beijing

Participants of virtual China-Afghanistan-Central Asian Countries (CA5) Vice Foreign Ministers’ Meeting called on the international community to support the Afghan peace and reconciliation proc-ess, step up counter-terrorism cooperation and cre-ate an enabling environment for relevant coopera-tion.
The meeting on Trade and Connectivity on Decem-ber 9 was successfully held, said here by Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry at a press conference.
According the spokesperson, all sides had an in-depth exchange of views on regional cooperation and reached positive consensus with good effects.
Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui chaired the meeting and put forward four proposals for coopera-tion: deepening the cooperation on global Covid-19 response, expanding economic and trade coopera-tion, advancing connectivity, and deepening coop-eration on the counter-terrorism and security fronts.
Afghanistan and CA5 all spoke highly of China’s proposals and success in hosting the meeting, which built a new platform for regional countries to ex-change experience and deepen cooperation.
All participants expressed readiness to foster a new cooperation model adapted to the pandemic situa-tion and deepen coordination between the BRI and national development strategies to maintain the stability of regional industrial and supply chains and unleash the full potential of regional cooperation.
This Meeting on Trade and Connectivity was a new exploration by the seven countries to enhance soli-darity and cooperation and jointly deal with the current challenges amid the changing international and regional landscape as well as the Covid-19 situation.
it reflects their shared aspiration of working together for sustainable development. China will work with other parties to make good use of this platform and advance regional cooperation, the spokesperson added.

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