Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met on Wednesday with William Hague, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to discuss issues of mutual interest.
During the meeting held in the Presidential Palace, the two sides first discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the region, the peace process and Pakistan's role in this regard.
William Hague said that they had spoken with Pakistani officials on the Pakistan's role in the Afghan peace process and hoped that Afghanistan and Pakistan be able to continue their increased cooperation and talks in this respect.
President Karzai said that there was no other way for the region but to join hands and fight the evil scourge of terrorism and radicalism steadfastly, realistically and honestly.
In a separate meeting, President Hamid Karzai also met with Ms. Fu Ying, Deputy Foreign Minister of China.
President Karzai first thanked Chinese government for their hospitality and warm welcome to the High-level delegation of Afghanistan on his recent trip to China and praised the goodwill and intention of the Chinese government, leading to the success of the President’s visit to that country.
China's Deputy Foreign Minister then thanked President Karzai for the meeting and congratulated him on the membership of Afghanistan as an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Ms. Fu Ying also said that China closely followed the transition in Afghanistan and added that under the framework of bilateral cooperation, China was ready to provide assistance and support to Afghanistan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ying added that China was keen to see peace and stability in Afghanistan since peace and stability in Afghanistan would lead to a safe and stable region. In this context, she said that China supported the negotiations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and hoped that the two countries achieve success to this end.
Underscoring enhanced cooperation between countries of the region in the fight against terrorism, the President said that the region had to honestly cooperate in the war on terrorism.
Deputy Foreign Minister of China also said that the Afghan government could spend, in line with its priorities, a grant assistance of 150 million Yuan to be provided by China.
Separately, President Hamid Karzai also met with Torki Soud, Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.
The two sides first discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the region and the peace process.
Saudi Foreign Minister then said that peace, stability and security in Afghanistan was important for Saudi Arabia.
Reaffirming his country’s support to the peace process of Afghanistan, he stressed on Pakistan's role in this process and added that peace and stability in Afghanistan would mean peace and stability in Pakistan.
President Karzai thanked Saudi Arabia for its assistance and and support and appreciated the role and consideration of his Majesty Khadim ul-Haramain ul-Sharifain (the Custodian of the two holy mosques), King Abdullah in providing cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan.