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Afghan, Pakistani & Chinese diplomats hold strategic talks

Afghan, Pakistani & Chinese diplomats hold strategic talks

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May 29, 2018 - 10:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Senior diplomats from Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon and China are in Beijing for a series of sessions to review preparations for the second trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers.

China being SCO’s current chair is playing a proactive role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Afghan and Chinese teams were led respectively by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai and Vice-Foreign Minister Kong Xuan You.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua represented Pakistan in the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue on Monday, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said.

She highlighted the steps Pakistan has taken to boost bilateral trade, transit, people-to-people exchanges and to deepen connectivity between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The diplomats also reviewed preparations for the second trilateral meeting of foreign ministers, which would be held in Kabul this year.

The first FM-level meeting was held in Beijing in December, months after China brokered the three-party forum. The mechanism mainly focuses on three key areas – strategic and security issues, counter-terrorism and security and economic development and connectivity.

Janjua also attended the SCO- Afghanistan Contact Group meeting. The SCO is comprised of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

She reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to continued efforts for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Foreign Office tweeted.

She also underlined ongoing initiatives of Pakistan for engagement with Afghanistan in all areas, including peace and stability and promoting economic cooperation.

She highlighted the measures taken by Pakistan to enhance bilateral trade, transit, people-to-people exchanges and to deepen connectivity between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Afghan, Chinese and Pakistani diplomats also reviewed preparations for the second trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers which will be held in Kabul this year.

The first trilateral FMs meeting was held in Beijing in December, months after China brokered the three-party forum when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi traveled to Kabul and Islamabad in June last year.

The trilateral mechanism mainly focuses on three key areas – strategic and security issues, counter-terrorism and economic development and connectivity.

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