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Peace, stability in central Asia suit interests of China, Turkmenistan: joint statement

11-24-2011 09:32 BJT

BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Peace and stability in central Asia suit the interests of China and Turkmenistan, and the two sides will continue to make efforts to promote development and prosperity in this area.

The pledge was made in a joint statement on enhancing bilateral ties signed by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the two countries will work together to maintain peace and stability in central Asia.

The statement said that as countries in central Asia have unique historical cultures and traditions, the international community should respect the ways that the nations in this area choose to develop their own countries.

The Chinese side spoke highly of the efforts that Turkmenistan has made for maintaining security, stability and development in central Asia.

China would like to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation with Turkmenistan, and make joint efforts to maintain the peace, security, stability and prosperity of central Asia, the statement said.

The statement also noted that both China and Turkmenistan stress the importance of realizing peace and stability in Afghanistan on the grounds that the situation in Afghanistan has a substantial connection to the stable development of central Asia.

China and Turkmenistan praised the reconstruction processes in Afghanistan, and back the reconstruction efforts that the international community have made based on respecting the country's independence, sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity.

According to the statement, both sides reaffirmed that they are willing to join the international community in the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan, and will make continuous efforts to promote the country's reconstruction.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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