BEIJING: The foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan will hold a formal meeting for the first time by the end of this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday.
Addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who arrived here early this morning, he said “We have identified three priority areas which are strategic communication, security dialogue and practical cooperation.”
“On that basis, we will work on the tri-lateral cooperation starting from the easier matters, and with a goal of establishing a new platform for regional cooperation,” he added.
Wang Yi, said China will continue to support Pakistan in the war against terrorism, adding that peace in Afghanistan remains in the interest of both the countries.
“China wants improved relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the relations between China and Pakistan were exemplary and Pakistan deeply valued China’s support for the country’s territorial integrity.
He said there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and the Kabul-Islamabad issues should be resolved through political dialogue.
“The solution to the Afghan problem is fundamentally a political and not a military one,” he added. – APP
Story first published: 8th September 2017