Chinese Envoy Ma Zhaoxu Calls for Bolstering Afghanistan’s Counter-Terrorism Capacity

Chinese envoy Ma Zhaoxu on Wednesday called for efforts to help boost Afghanistan’s capacity for combating terrorism and maintaining stability.

Ma Zhaoxu, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, expressed the hope that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) will continue to help the country strengthen capacity building in the field of security.

The international community should strengthen coordination and cooperation to support Afghanistan in its counterterrorism efforts to effectively respond to terrorism, transnational crime, and drug trafficking, among other threats, he told a UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.

The Chinese ambassador also urged the international community to help improve the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

Recently, conflicts and natural disasters have left large numbers of Afghans displaced, while millions of people affected by droughts still need humanitarian assistance, he said.

The international community should effectively honor its assistance commitments to Afghanistan and help the Afghan people seriously affected by natural disasters, improve the humanitarian situation of Afghan refugees in neighboring countries, and help with an early return of Afghan refugees, said Ma.

UNAMA should coordinate efforts to help the Afghan people and government eliminate poverty and improve people’s livelihood, he said.

20 / June 2019
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