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Afghan Air Force to get two transport planes from China

Updated: Oct 24, 2016 19:06 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Oct.24 (ANI): China has decided to hand over two transport planes to the Afghan Air Force months after the first batch of military aid from the country was received by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces ( ANDSF).

According to Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) officials, the planes will be used for the transportation of the Afghan army officials and delegates.

MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the Afghan Air Force needs these planes for transportation of army officials on official trips inside and outside the country, reports the Khaama Press.

The exact date for the delivery of the planes has not been specified and no further information has been given about the type of the aircraft China would deliver to the Afghan army.

In July, Afghanistan had received the first batch of military aid from China.

China has been attempting to increase its role in supporting Afghanistan in the course of deteriorating security situation.

China's Chief of Army earlier had assured over $70 million aid and equipments to the Afghan security forces.

In March, Chief of China's People's Liberation Army Fang Fenghui during his visit to the Afghanistan had announced fresh military aid to the country and said that the latest aid will follow in addition to Beijing's ongoing cooperation in development and economic sector.

General Fang also said that that a regional summit will be called by his country to implement the proposal by President Ghani during Shanghai conference for fight against terrorism.

Chief of China's People's Liberation Army reiterated China's commitment to fight terrorism in the region saying that Afghanistan is located in a strategic location and acts as an important economic belt, which has been continuously threatened by the terror groups. (ANI)