China hopes for smooth Afghanistan election
        | 2014-04-03 22:45:57 | Editor: yan

BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) -- China here on Thursday expressed the hope that the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan would be smooth.

"China pays close attention to Afghanistan presidential election, and appreciates efforts of the Afghan government in preparation," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

China hopes the election, slated for April 5, will be a starting point for Afghanistan's unity and stability, he said.

China stands ready to work with all parties to provide assistance for Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and national reconciliation, to contribute to lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region, Hong said.