Afghanistan hosts Pakistan and China for peace talks
Speaking during a press conference alongside his Afghan and Chinese counterparts, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he visited the Afghan capital to strengthen bilateral relations by bridging the trust gaps.
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his #Afghan counterpart Syed Salahuddin Rabbani @mfa_afghanistan. Bilateral and other issues of mutual interest discussed. Afghan FM thanked FM Qureshi for Pakistan's efforts in Afghan reconciliation. #AfghanPeaceProcess#PeacefulNeighbourhood pic.twitter.com/OhBWX2YiwF— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) December 15, 2018
“Pakistan supports Afghan peace process,” he added while emphasizing that Islamabad would benefit from peace and stability in the neighbouring war-torn country.
Earlier today, Qureshi arrived in Kabul to attend the 2nd meeting of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Trilateral Mechanism.
FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi accompanied by senior officials from MoFA have left for #Kabul to attend #Pakistan #China #Afghanistan #trilateralmeeting.— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) December 15, 2018
The FM will meet #Chinese and #Afghan leadership during the visit.@mfa_afghanistan
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Kabul and Islamabad have agreed to improve bilateral relations between the two nations, the Khaama Press reported.
Calling Afghanistan and Pakistan as strategic partners of China, Wang Yi said all three nations have agreed to step up fight against the terror groups. He also called on Taliban group to accept the Afghan government’s offer for peace talks.
In his turn, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said the second round of trilateral summit was organized with the focus to expedite joint efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.
Rabbani further added that the issues of fight against terrorism and political reconciliation in Afghanistan were discussed during the summit.
He expressed hopes that the second trilateral summit would yield positive results in coming weeks and months as he urged Pakistan to cooperate with the Afghan government in ongoing reconciliation efforts.
During his one-day visit, FM Qureshi will also meet top Afghan leadership, including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
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