China considering specific requests of Afghan forces, says envoy

Kabul: Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, Yao Jing, has said Beijing is considering specific requests of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

During a meeting with National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Yao reaffirmed his country’s commitment to support Afghanistan, reports the Khaama Press.

Atmar in return thanked China for supporting his country and insisted on regional allies forming a consensus in the fight against terrorism.

The National Security Adviser’s office in a statement said both sides also held discussions regarding expansion of economic and security cooperation besides talks on the fight against terrorism.

Earlier this month, Afghanistan received the first batch of military aid from China as it has been attempting to increase its role in supporting Kabul amid deteriorating security situation.

The Chinese Army had earlier pledged over $70 million to help, support and equip the Afghan security forces.

Chief of People’s Liberation Army, Fang Fenghui, had during his visit to Afghanistan earlier in March announced fresh military aid.

He added that China would call a regional summit to implement the proposal by President Ashraf Ghani during the Shanghai Conference for the fight against terrorism. (ANI)