Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Wang Yi's Pak-Afghan shuttle diplomacy moves ahead

War of words Pence Pakistan trade verbal volleys Wang Yi's Pak-Afghan shuttle diplomacy moves ahead
Lisa Bryan | 26 December, 2017, 10:12

China, in particular, thanked Pakistan and Afghanistan for supporting Beijing's fight against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and other groups.

Calling Afghanistan an important partner in the Belt and Road Initiative, Wang said China hoped to synergise its development strategy for Afghanistan and expand bilateral cooperation. Pakistan will take practical action over the Afghan peace process, He said at the joint press conference.

He expected to cement political trust through the trilateral foreign ministers' meeting, and jointly respond to development and security challenges.

The understanding was reached when foreign ministers of three Countries including Khawaja Asif, Wang Yi and Salahuddin Rabbani met in Beijing on Tuesday as part of Trilateral China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif Saturday hit out at US Vice President Mike Pence who during his surprise visit to Kabul issued a warning to Pakistan that it has much to lose by harbouring "criminals and terrorists".

During the meeting, the three countries will have in-depth discussions on mutual security, development and economic cooperation, CGTN reported.


Mr Pence had aimed a jab at Pakistan, reiterating word for word Mr Trump's warning that it must stop offering cross-border safe havens to Taliban factions and terror groups fighting United States troops and their Afghan allies.

And security cooperation and counter-terrorism.

Pakistan denies that and says it wants to see a peaceful, stable Afghanistan.

In June this year, when Wang Yi was visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan for shuttle diplomacy, the three countries had agreed to establish the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' trilateral dialogue mechanism, which will serve as a platform for enhancing the dialogue and cooperation among the three countries.

China has sought to bring Kabul and Islamabad together partly due to Chinese fears about the spread of Islamist militancy from Pakistan and Afghanistan to the unrest-prone far western Chinese region of Xinjiang.

While addressing the trilateral meeting, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan supports One Belt One Road, adding that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will enhance regional connectivity. Beijing's leaders have also boosted economic and trade ties with Afghanistan.

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