ISLAMABAD: The third round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue was held in Islamabad.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chaired the meeting which was attended by his Chinese and Afghan counterparts, Wang Yi and Salahuddin Rabbani respectively, along with their respective delegations.
The latest round of talks covered trade, counter-terrorism and ending Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The forum was established two years ago, and the earlier meetings were held in Beijing and Kabul in 2017 and 2018.
Addressing Joint Press conference the Foreign ministers of Pak, China, Afghanistan said the trilateral meeting has agreed on five points in trilateral talks which include cooperation in the field of trade, security and counter-terrorism and expressed hope that the Afghanistan peace process will soon be completed successfully.
Chinese foreign minister said that China and Pakistan hopeful of a positive outcome of Afghanistan peace dialogue as the situation in Afghanistan has entered insensitive turn as the ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan are vital for stability and peace in the region.
“Progress being made in the Doha talks between US-Taliban and hopeful soon peace deal will be struck,” he said.
Talking on the occasion, Afghani foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani said that the Taliban should hold talks with sincerity as Pakistan’s concrete step will help to slash the incident of terrorism in Afghanistan.
“We support Pak-Afghan dialogue for the regional peace,” Afghani FM said.
The next trilateral dialogue will be held in China.
The Foreign Office said in a statement that the foreign ministers of the three countries will also discuss cooperation in economic development.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received his Afghan and Chinese counterparts, Salahuddin Rabbani and Wang Yi, respectively, at Noor Khan Airbase in Islamabad.
Qureshi, while speaking on the occasion, said that the talks are happening at a key moment in the United States-led effort to negotiate peace in Afghanistan. He added that regional and domestic security will rely on ending the war in Afghanistan.
He termed the trilateral forum as a significant one and said that its importance will further increase with the improvement in peace and security in Afghanistan as it will open doors of economic activity and trade in the region.
The foreign minister said Afghanistan can also benefit from the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Gwadar port. He said peace and development in Afghanistan is important for overall regional development.
Talking about China-Pakistan relations, he said that the friendship between the two countries is time-tested. He thanked his Chinese counterpart for Beijing’s support to Pakistan in the UN Security Council after India unilaterally withdrew occupied Kashmir’s autonomous status.
Before the trilateral dialogue, FM Qureshi and his Chinese counterpart held discussions on bilateral relations and cooperation in diverse fields.