Kabul- Afghanistan (PMG):

India and China came together through a joint training programme that will provide assistance to Afghanistan’s diplomats, and said they will increase cooperation on Afghanistan in the coming months and days.

China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said, “Training of diplomats is just the first step. Discussion will now move on how to upgrade and cooperate on other concrete projects. This is just the beginning for India and China to cooperate on Afghan issues.”

The plan for the training of Afghan diplomats was agreed at an informal summit in Wuhan between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. As part of the plan, 10 diplomats will spend two weeks in New Delhi and then fly to Beijing for further training. “Both China and India support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. We uphold that Afghanistan should realise peace, stability and prosperity. We both are against terrorism,” Luo said.

Luo called for ‘China-India Plus’ cooperation, which should be extended to other countries apart from Afghanistan as well. “It can be extended to countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Iran and Myanmar. We can also join hands under the mechanisms of SAARC, BIMSTEC and BCIM to promote regional peace, stability and prosperity,” he said.

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