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Beijing to host trilateral meeting next month

Beijing to host trilateral meeting next month

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Nov 18, 2017 - 14:07

BEIJING (Pajhwok): Supportive of cooperation between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon, China will soon host a trilateral meeting, a Chinese official says.

Chen Feng, head of the Asia Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a delegation of Afghan and Pakistani journalists in Beijing that China wanted cooperative ties between the neighbours.

Referring to China’s efforts to implement the “One Belt, One Road and the New Silk Road, he said Beijing was working for the greater involvement and development of regional countries.

While supporting the Afghan-led peace process, China was trying to improve Af-Pak relations as well, he added. “We will hold a trilateral meeting for good ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan...”

Feng pointed out the Chinese foreign minister during a visit to Kabulinfo-icon and Islamabad discussed many issues with officials of both countries, including security concerns in the region and enhancement of economic relations.

Revival of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States were also discussed during the minister’s trip.

According to Feng, all three sides agreed on the implementation of about 30 projects, including communications policy, infrastructure, livelihood and peacekeeping.

He said the issue of Afghanistan was complicated and the Af-Pak blame game not help defuse tensions but pave the ground for others countries to interfere.

“We don’t want to interfere in the affair of the two neighbours and we can’t judge who is right and who is wrong. But we can work on a mutually beneficial process,” Feng said, adding it was a challenge for China to mediate between the neighbours.

Peace talks between the Afghan government and Talibaninfo-icon were approved at the third meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group in Islamabad in 2016.

However, the fourth and fifth rounds of talks made Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan worse. The US president, while rolling out his new strategy for Afghanistan, accused Pakistan of supporting militants.

Last month, Pakistan army chief Gen. Javed Qamar Bajwa visited Kabul, and on the basis of an agreement, the sixth meeting of the joint coordination group was held after a one and a half year to pave the way for peace in Afghanistan.

However, details of the meeting are yet to be known. But Afghan officials have indicated that the talks will continue if Pakistan meets its commitments to peace in Afghanistan.

sa/mud

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