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Ambassador Xu Feihong Attended the Inauguration Ceremony for Exploration and Production of Amu Darya Oil Basin
2012/06/30
 

On June 24, 2012, the Inauguration Ceremony for China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Exploration and Production of Amu Darya Oil Basin was held in Angot, Saripul. H.E. Mr. Mohammad Qasim Fahim, First Vice President of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Hazrat Omar ZakhilwalMinister of Finance, H.E. Mr. Waheedullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, Governors of Saripul, Jowzjan, Faryab and representatives of the local elders committee were present. The CNPC delegation was headed by Mr. Lv Gongxun, Vice President of CNPCI. H.E. Mr. Xu Feihong, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Afghanistan, attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. 

First Vice President Fahim highly appreciated the significance that Amu Darya Oil Project had on the social and economic development of Afghanistan. 

Minister Shahrani said that Amu Darya Oil Project was the first major oil extraction project in Afghanistan, and would create plenty of jobs for the Afghan people and increase revenue for the Afghan government. 

Ambassador Xu Feihong expressed warm congratulations on the successful launch of Amu Darya Oil Project, and noted that this project was yet another major case that the Chinese companies made investment in Afghanistan following the Aynak Copper Mine, and a right reflection of the strategic cooperative partnership between China and Afghanistan. It signified that the economic cooperation between the two countries had entered a new level, and would give new momentum to the healthy and steady development of bilateral relations. With the common efforts from both sides, the preparation of the project went on well. With the formal launch of the operation, the project would beef up local employment and benefit more Afghan people. Ambassador Xu said that China, as a friendly neighbor and good partner, is fully confident in the bright future of Afghanistan. China will continue to support the Afghan peace and reconstruction process, consistently provide assistance to Afghanistan within its capacity, and continue to encourage capable Chinese companies to invest in Afghanistan. It was hoped that the Afghan government and all the relevant parties would provide necessary support to the smooth operation of this project.

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