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Afghan President Meets with Li Zhaoxing and Welcomes Chinese Entrepreneurs to Invest in Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on April 3, 2005 at the Office of the President.

Karzai introduced the current domestic situation of Afghanistan to Li Zhaoxing. He said that Afghanistan is making progress in every reconstruction effort and is faced with an opportunity for further development. Afghanistan and China enjoy good relations, and the trade between the two countries is growing rapidly. He hoped that both sides could strengthen the cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture, education, etc. and welcomed Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Afghanistan.

Li Zhaoxing congratulated Afghanistan upon the positive achievements it made in the peace process and post-war reconstruction. He said that China-Afghanistan relations have been growing fast in recent years and China is committed to actively participating in the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan. China is willing to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation with Afghanistan in every field and the Chinese government encourages capable entrepreneurs to invest in Afghanistan.

Following the meeting, Li Zhaoxing paid a visit to Zahir Shah, Former King of Afghanistan. Li Zhaoxing thanked Zahir for his contribution to the traditional friendship between China and Afghanistan. Zahir pleasantly recalled the friendly exchanges with the old-generation Chinese leaders and the traditional friendship between Afghanistan and China. He highly commented on the consistent support and help of China to Afghanistan.

On the same day, Li Zhaoxing held talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah and exchanged views on such topics as China-Afghanistan relationship, post-war reconstruction of Afghanistan and strengthening China-Afghanistan relations. Abdullah reiterated the adherence to the one-China policy, which Li Zhaoxing felt grateful.

Li Zhaoxing arrived in Kabul on the afternoon of April 3 for the official visit to Afghanistan. On April 4, he will attend the Afghanistan Development Forum (ADF) in Kabul.

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