China holds meeting to broker peace in Afghanistan-Pakistan conflict

Nellie Chapman
December 26, 2017

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif of Pakistan and Afghanistan's Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will head delegations to the dialogue.

Another part of the effort includes preventing militants in Pakistan from crossing the mountainous border with Afghanistan to wage attacks and then return to safe havens in Pakistan, where they have had a long-standing relationship with the country's intelligence agency.

The foreign ministers of the three countries agreed at the meeting to strengthen cooperation for indiscriminate action against the menace of terrorism.

Speaking after the first trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Wang said China hoped the economic corridor could benefit the whole region and act as an impetus for development. "This is fully in accordance with our common interests, and is a good thing for us".

He also criticized the coalition in Afghanistan and accused them of the failure to brign peace and stability in Afghanistan despite thousands of the forces were deployed with modern military equipment.

Fourth, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to resume the coordination group of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, devote to domestic peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and call on Taliban to join in the peace process at an early stage.

And security cooperation and counter-terrorism.

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He presided over the Senate's early Wednesday vote on a bill to cut taxes, then joined Trump for a Cabinet meeting and a White House event with Republican lawmakers to celebrate final passage of the legislation.

He said the dialogue aimed at promoting bilateral ties between the three countries and reiterated China would continue to maintain friendly ties with both the countries.

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

"Peace in Afghanistan is a need for Pakistan", he said.

Wang said the objective of the talks is to establish a communication platform for Afghanistan and Pakistan and strengthen the trilateral cooperation.

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.

Pence also received briefings from military leaders, including Gen. John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan.

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