Baku, Azerbaijan, April 10
By Fakhri Vakilov – Trend:
China is ready to join the development of the Mazar-i-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway project, Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.
Ismatulla Irgashev, Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan, met with Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China for Afghanistan, Deng Xijun in Beijing. The meeting discussed key Afghan issues, including the construction of the railway.
The sides exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and the prospects for launching a peaceful intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at establishing a lasting and long-term peace in the country.
The meeting discussed the prospects for strengthening the interaction of the two countries in Afghan area, including the participation of China in the activities of the Educational Center for the training of Afghan citizens in Termez (Uzbekistan) and the implementation of other joint projects in various fields.
The conversation also addressed the issues that are planned to be included on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Chinese side highly appreciated the efforts of Uzbekistan to implement various projects in the fields of energy, transport, logistics and education and expressed its readiness to join the development of the Mazari-Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar railway project.
In this regard, Deng Xijun emphasized the significance of the project initiated by the Uzbek side for the entire region.
The trade turnover between China and Uzbekistan passed the mark of $6.4 billion last year.
There are more than 1,120 enterprises with the participation of Chinese capital operating in Uzbekistan, covering oil and gas, textile, agricultural, chemical and building materials industries.
In general, the total amount of Chinese investment in Uzbekistan amounts to $7.8 billion since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
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