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Afghan Former President Karzai Holds a Farewell Luncheon for Ambassador Deng Xijun and His Wife Madame Fan Peilin

On September 23rd, 2015, H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan held a farewell luncheon for the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan H.E. Mr. Deng Xijun and his wife Madame Fan Peilin. H.E. Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Former Afghan National Security Advisor to the President, H.E. Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani, Former Afghan Foreign Minister, Ambassadors of Russia, India and Tajikistan to Afghanistan, and Mr. Chen Shijie, Political Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr. Wang Daohao, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy were present.

Ambassador Deng expressed sincere gratitude to Former President Karzai for the valuable support during his tenure in Afghanistan, and spoke highly of Karzai’s important contributions to the development of China-Afghanistan relations. Ambassador Deng said that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between China and Afghanistan, as well as the Year of China-Afghanistan Friendship and Cooperation, China would like to take this opportunity to make further efforts to provide support and assistance to Afghan reconstruction, and play a constructive role in promoting Afghan reconciliation process, so as to help Afghanistan achieve peace, stability and development at an early date. Ambassador Deng said, Your Excellency was a well-respected politician who kept close relationship with the successive Chinese leaders. We expected that Your Excellency would continue to play a positive role in promoting the China-Afghanistan friendship, and push forward the bilateral relations to a new high.

Happily recalling his visits to China, Former President Karzai commented highly of the Afghanistan-China friendly and cooperative relations. He said that the two countries were good neighbors and he was pleased to see the bilateral relations steadily developing, as well as the cooperation in various fields between both sides continuously deepening. Karzai felt sorry for Ambassador Deng’s leaving, and expressed appreciation to Ambassador Deng for his efforts and contributions to promoting Afghanistan-China substantial cooperation in various fields in his tenure, while wished Ambassador Deng all the success in his new post.

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