ISLAMABAD (News Desk): The trilateral talks between Pakistan, Afghanistan and China will be held today in Islamabad to discuss progress thus far made on the Afghan peace process and proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) expansion to Afghanistan. According to details, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is reaching Islamabad tomorrow along with his delegation to attend the talks. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has again reshuffled its delegation now Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will attend the meeting as the national security adviser, Hamdullah is leaving for the US along with Afghan President.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will lead Pakistan’s delegation at the meeting, while Chinese delegation would be led by its Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Sources said China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) expansion to Afghanistan is part of the agenda to be discussed during the meeting. The top diplomats from the three countries will also deliberate on the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and progress thus far made in regards to talks with the Taliban.
At a trilateral meeting last year, the foreign ministers of the three countries had reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relations, deepening cooperation and advancing connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) and other regional economic initiatives. Meanwhile, Dr Hafeez Shaikh told the Chinese envoy that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) projects were bringing a transformation in Pakistan’s economy and all its projects were being implemented on top priority.
“We value the Chinese assistance and support in building infrastructure, road networks and energy projects, and we look forward to explore more avenues for further enhancing our bilateral cooperation for regional connectivity and stability,” he added. The adviser said the ECC of the Cabinet had recently approved several proposals and measures to fast-track rollout of various projects as part of the Gwadar Port and Gwadar Free Zone, and relevant authorities had been instructed to implement the ECC decisions.