China's FM Meets Pakistan's Aziz, Discusses Peace In Afghanistan

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At the invitation of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China visited Afghanistan and Pakistan from June 24 to 25.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang praised Afghanistan's efforts for peace and gave his assurance of China's cooperation in the "Kabul Process", and of the country's "comprehensive support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process".

In addition, besides discussing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the two sides will also discuss the regional situation.

"This visit is an important step forward in improvement of relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan", Geng added.

Afghanistan and Pakistan will also form a crisis management mechanism, which will include prevention through timely and effective intelligence and information-sharing, said the statement.

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Speaking to reporters in London outside the Pakistan High Commission after offering Eid prayers, he said the menace of terrorism was already being effectively countered with the implementation of operation Raddul Fasaad under the National Action Plan. The Chinese side would support this mechanism.

"China of course is ready to play a constructive role in political relations", Wang said.

The three parties called on the Afghan Taliban to join the reconciliation process on an early date.

He said Afghanistan, Pakistan and China also agreed on the need for reviving the Quadrilateral Coordination Group process in order to create a conducive environment for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

He said Pakistan is also playing a crucial role in completing the projects under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor as a part of One Belt One Road vision.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet the Pakistani leadership to discuss regional and other bilateral issues. "Pakistan and Afghanistan have in doing so sent a positive signal to the worldwide community and China welcomes that", Yi said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed confidence that bilateral relationship between Islamabad and Kabul would improve after certain decisions that were reached when he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are implemented. In a huge snub to China, India did not attend a summit in Beijing earlier this month that saw 60 countries including the United States attending the session on President Xi Jinping's signature project.

Wang says China wants to set up a series of meetings - with foreign ministers from the three countries - to strengthen dialogue.

"China wants a peaceful and stable Afghanistan to ensure development and prosperity and will work with Pakistan and Afghan government for a durable peace", he concluded. He also denied the reports that America's sale of high-tech defence items to India would have any adverse impact on Pakistan.

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