On January 30, 2018, in an academic seminar on China-Afghanistan relationship co-organized by the Chinese Embassy and the Center for Conflict and Peace Studies, various aspects of bilateral relations as well as cooperation between the two countries at a regional context were discussed. Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General of Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan spoke about the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the role that Afghanistan is playing in deepening connectivity at both regional and inter-regional levels.
He mentioned that, “given its location as a natural land-bridge connecting Central Asia to South Asia and China to the Middle East, Afghanistan is well positioned to contribute significantly to the BRI including to the realization of transport corridors between China, Central Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Europe. Afghanistan can also benefit from the opportunities that this initiative provides for the wider Eurasia region.”
Mr. Soroosh highlighted the importance of addressing the infrastructure gaps in the wider region as well as the significance of brining greater synergy between the BRI, RECCA and HoA-IP.
The Seminar included opening remarks by H.E. Liu Jinsong, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Afghanistan and Mr. Sultan Ahmad Baheen, DG of the Third Political Department, MoFA. Other speakers included Mr. Mozammil Shinwari, Adviser to H.E. the Chief Executive and representatives from a number of research institutes.