China to attend Afghan global meet

China will attend the international donor conference on Afghanistan next week in Kabul as part of a global effort to speed up development, governance and security in the war-ravaged nation, a top official said here on Thursday.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 20:44 PM IST

Beijing: China will attend the
international donor conference on Afghanistan next week in
Kabul as part of a global effort to speed up development,
governance and security in the war-ravaged nation, a top
official said here on Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will attend the
international conference on Afghanistan on July 20 in Kabul,
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.
The conference is a bid by Afghan government officials
to urge a start to the spending of billions of dollars of
pledged development funds.

The Afghan conference is co-chaired by the United
Nations to outline the future plans relating to the
development, governance and security of the war ravaged
country.

Top officials of several countries including US
Secretary Hillary Clinton were scheduled to attend it.

Yang was invited by Afghan Minister for Foreign
Affairs Zalmay Rasoul, Qin said.

Yang Jiechi will also attend a series of foreign
ministers` meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam from July 21 to 23, he
said.

The meetings to be attended by Yang in Vietnam will
include the foreign ministers` meeting between China and the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the foreign
ministers` meeting between ASEAN and China, Japan and the
Republic of Korea, Qin told a media briefing.
He will also attend foreign ministers` unofficial
consultation meeting of the East Asia Summit, and the foreign
ministers` meeting of the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum, Qin said.

ASEAN group included Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
and Vietnam.

PTI