Pakistan, China & Afghanistan agree to work together on political mutual trust, counter-terrorism


BEIJING, China: The first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue concluded in Beijing on Tuesday with an understanding to jointly work together on political mutual trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as three topics of the trilateral cooperation.

In a Joint Press Release issued after the trilateral talks among Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani ended, it was stated that the three sides reaffirmed their commitment to improving their relations, deepening mutually beneficial cooperation, advancing connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative, and fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestation without any distinction.

The three sides reaffirmed that a broad-based and inclusive peace and reconciliation process, which is “Afghan-led, Afghan-own”, and fully supported regionally and internationally, is the most viable solution to end the violence in Afghanistan. In this regard, they call on the Afghan Taliban to join the peace process at an early date.

Likewise, the three sides also agreed to conduct win-win trilateral economic cooperation, with an incremental approach, starting from the easier initiative to the more difficult ones. They agreed to continue economic development cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and expressed willingness to strengthen people-to-people contacts.

They reiterated their firm resolve to fight the menace of terrorism. They expressed their strong determination not to allow any Country, organization or individual to use their respective territories for terrorist activities against any other countries.

In addition, the three sides agreed to strengthen counter-terrorism coordination and cooperation in an effort to combat all terrorist organizations and individuals without any discrimination. The three sides will communicate and consult on developing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Counter-Terrorism Cooperation.

Pakistan and Afghanistan congratulated China on the successful conclusion of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, and fully supported the initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping to build community with a shared future for mankind.

The Afghan and Pakistani sides also thanked the Chinese side for the successful holding of the 1st China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue and its warm hospitality, and three sides agreed that the 2nd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue will be held in Kabul in 2018.

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