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Azizi attends Belt & Road Forum in China

KABUL: The Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce, leading a state delegation arrived in Beijing to attend the Chinese initiative of Belt and Road Forum, a statement from the ministry said Tuesday. The visit was made at the of ficial invitation of the Chinese authorities, according to the statement. During this visit, Nooruddin Azizi will hold meetings with Chinese businessmen, investors, industrialists and Afghan traders on the sideline of the event, the statement said. Azizi will try to attract big investors to Afghanistan, as relations between China and Afghanistan are developing and is expected to hold talks with host officials on plans to construct a road through the Wakhan corridor to provide direct access to China, the statement added. Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, the forum marks the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping’s key international infrastructure and energy initiative, aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Premier Anwaar Ul Haq Kakar and other world leaders are attending the meeting. China’s President Xi Jinping will address the opening ceremony featuring representatives from about 140 nations and 30 international organizations. This forum marks the 10th year of the multi-trillion-dollar transnational Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was launched in 2013. Billed as recreating the ancient Silk Road to boost global trade infrastructure, BRI is aimed to connect China with markets in Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. China has inked more than 200 BRI cooperation agreements with more than 150 countries and 30-plus international entities. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.