Remarks by Ambassador LuoZhaohui at the Inauguration Ceremony of the China-India Joint Training Programme for Afghan Diplomats

Remarks by Ambassador LuoZhaohui at the Inauguration Ceremony of the China-India Joint Training Programme for Afghan Diplomats

Oct. 15th, 2018, Foreign Service Institute of India


Ambassador J.S. Mukul, Dean of Indian Foreign Service Institute,

Mr. Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretary of PAI Division, MEA,

Mr. Mohanmmad Khairullah Azad, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Afghanistan,

Afghan Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,


Very good morning.

It is my great pleasure to attend today's inauguration ceremony.

First of all, it's my great privilege to read out a special message from H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister as follows:

    "I sent warmest congratulations on the launch of the China-India Joint Capacity Building Program for Afghan Diplomats.

Earlier this year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had multiple meetings and reached important understandings on "China-India plus" cooperation. They identified Afghanistan as a priority partner and agreed to start by jointly training Afghan diplomats. The launch of this program today marks an important step forward. It reflects the closer coordination and cooperation between our two countries on regional affairs and represents a positive development in China-India relations.

    Afghanistan is an important country in our region. Recent years has seen the Afghan government and people making significant strides in national stability and development with the support of the international community. China and India have been active supporters of Afghanistan's peace, and reconstruction process. This Joint Capacity Building Program is an essential part of the international efforts to assist Afghanistan and marks the start of China-India-Afghanistan cooperation. It is a testament to the joint aspiration and endeavor of China and India, both being major, responsible developing countries, to contribute to regional peace and stability.

    I have every confidence that this program will go a long way toward helping Afghan diplomats build capacity, enhance friendship and understanding among our three nations, and realizing peace and development in Afghanistan at an early date.

    I wish the China-India Joint Capacity Building Program for Afghan Diplomats a great success!"

That's the end of the message.

Besides the message, I want to share some additional insights with you.

First, China and India share a lot of common interests and similar stance on Afghanistan issue. Both of us support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace reconciliation process. Both of us uphold that Afghanistan should realize peace, stability and prosperity. Both of us are against terrorism. China and India are members of Istanbul Process and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. We are talking a lot about the regional connectivity initiatives, such as International North-South Transport Corridor, India-Afghanistan-Iran transitand trade arrangement and China-Pakistan-Afghanistan cooperation.All of these have provided a solid foundation for the current and future cooperation between China and India in Afghanistan.

Secondly, the training program is the first step for China-India Plus cooperation in Afghanistan. This is just the beginning. China and India have respective advantages. For example, India has remarkable edge in agriculture and medical services, and China in hybrid rice and poverty reduction. I am sure that in the future days China-India cooperation in Afghanistan will span from training programme to more concrete projects.

Thirdly, China-India Plus cooperation should be extended from Afghanistan to other 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.

Fourthly, the function today is an implementation of the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi during the Wuhan Informal Summit held this April. A lot of consensuses are being implemented now. I am delighted to see that China-India relations are now on a fast track.

Last but not the least, the diplomats from Afghanistan are our dear colleagues. We are all careerdiplomats with shared spirit of service and sacrifice for national interests and world peace. Three foreign ministers of China, India and Afghanistan send special congratulatory messages to one training programme, which shows its significance. I wish through this joint programme, you could understand China and India better, and make more contribution to your great country,and to the regional and world peace.

Thank you.

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