ISLAMABAD (News Desk): Islamabad is hosting the third round of China-Afghanistan, Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue on Saturday. 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. 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. Meanwhile, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani held a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at Foreign Office in Islamabad, media reported on Saturday.
As per details, during the meeting both foreign ministers held discussions on bilateral relations, regional security and cooperation in diverse fields. FM Qureshi on the occasion said that Prime Minister Imran Khan wants good relations with all neighbouring countries, adding that peaceful Afghanistan is imperative for regional stability. He said that the world has acknowledged Pakistan’s point of view on Afghan issue and Pakistan will continue playing its role in the Afghan peace process. Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had arrived in Islamabad to attend the third round of China-Pakistan-Afghanistan trilateral meeting.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi received him at Noor Khan Airbase. The third round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue is underway in Islamabad. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is chairing the meeting which is being attended by his Chinese and Afghan counterparts, Wang Yi and Salahuddin Rabbani respectively, along with their respective delegations.