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Wu Bangguo Meets with Afghan President Karzai

On June 20, 2006, Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the Great Hall of the People.

Wu said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties over 50 years ago, both sides have shown mutual respect and support for each other and treated each other in a friendly manner based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence despite great changes in the international situation and their respective internal circumstances. Since the establishment of the new Afghan government, bilateral relations have been developing steadily with an increasing of high-level exchanges and mutual political trust. The two countries have supported each other on major issues involving their respective sovereignty and security, expanded mutually beneficial cooperation in the economic and trade area and maintained sound coordination in international and regional affairs. The signing of the treaty of good-neighborliness and friendly cooperation represents a milestone in the history of bilateral relations. China firmly adopts the good neighborly and friendly policy towards Afghanistan and is willing to well implement the treaty with Afghanistan in a bid to push for continuous development of bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership.

After briefing on China's economic and social development, as well as its efforts in promoting democracy and building the legal system, Wu said that parliamentary exchanges and cooperation are an important part of bilateral ties. The NPC of China would like to work with the Afghan parliament to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, learn from each other in governing the country, promoting democracy and building the legal system and make new contributions to the friendship between the two peoples and all-round development of bilateral relations.

Karzai said that the two peoples have established a profound friendship in years of exchanges and have become friends that rely on each other and partners with sincere cooperation. Enhancing bilateral relations conforms to the interest of both countries and is conducive to peace and development of this region. Afghanistan admires China's development achievements and is ready to learn from its experience. Afghanistan hopes that China will continue to actively participate in its security and reconstruction process. Afghanistan stands ready to keep closer high-level exchanges with China and intensify economic, trade and security cooperation so as to elevate bilateral friendly cooperative relations to a new high. The Afghan government supports the parliament to conduct exchanges and cooperation with the NPC of China and will continue to adhere to the one-China policy.

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