Afghan-China-Pak vows to cooperate

Staff Report
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
ISLAMABAD: At the first Afghanistan-China-Pakistan foreign ministers’ dialogue in Beijing, on Tuesday, the three sides reaffirmed their commitment to improve their relations, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, advance connectivity under the belt and road initiative, and fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestation without any distinction; an official statement said.

According to detail, the three foreign ministers agreed to work jointly on building up political-mutual trust, make way for reconciliation, cooperate on development, connectivity, security and counter-terrorism.

The three sides reaffirmed that a broad-based and inclusive peace and reconciliation process, which is "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned", and fully supported regionally and internationally, is the most viable solution to end the violence in Afghanistan.

In this regard, they demanded that the Afghan Taliban joins in the peace process at an early date.

The three sides agreed to conduct win-win trilateral economic cooperation, with an incremental approach, starting from easier initiatives to the more difficult ones.

The three sides agreed to continue economic development cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and expressed willingness to strengthen people-to-people contacts. The three sides reiterated their firm resolve to fight the menace of terrorism.

They expressed their strong determination not to allow any country, organisation or individual to use their respective territories for terrorist activities against any other country.

The three sides agreed to strengthen counter-terrorism coordination and cooperation in an effort to combat all terrorist organisations and individuals without any discrimination.

The three sides will communicate and consult on developing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on counter-terrorism cooperation.

Afghanistan and Pakistan congratulated China on the successful conclusion of the 19th national congress of the communist party of China, and fully supported the initiative proposed by Chinese president Xi Jinping to build community with a shared future for mankind.

The Afghan and Pakistani sides thanked the Chinese side for the successful holding of the first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan foreign ministers’ dialogue and its warm hospitality, and three sides agreed that the second China-Afghanistan-Pakistan foreign ministers’ dialogue will be held in Kabul in 2018.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif attended the trilateral communication.