China to carry out shuttle diplomacy for Pakistan, Afghanistan to ease tension

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistan's Prime Minister Adviser for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz held a joint press conference in Islamabad. Pakistan-Afghanistan rift have deepened further after the Afghan government put blame of the recent attack in Kabul's diplomatic area on Islamabad.

The Chinese foreign minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan were the neighbouring countries of China and stability in the region was essential for their development and progress.

In addition, besides discussing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the two sides will also discuss the regional situation.

Afghanistan and Pakistan will also form a crisis management mechanism, which will include prevention through timely and effective intelligence and information-sharing, said the statement. As also pointed out by COAS Qamar Bajwa on Friday, it is now time for the other side to overcome its internal weaknesses and take action against terrorist sanctuaries being used for rendering blood in Pakistan.

The three parties believed that peace and reconciliation was the fundamental solution to the Afghan issue, which could not be solved by violent means.

He said that Pakistan has always supported China on all issues and they were grateful for this support.

The three parties called on the Afghan Taliban to join the reconciliation process on an early date.

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"In this context, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China agreed on the need for reviving the QCG (Quadrilateral Coordination Group) process in order to create a conducive environment for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban", he said.

Talking on the occasion, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Pakistan is playing a vital role in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

He also added that the United States is eager to deepen its strategic partnership with India, however it is also interested in continuing its coopertation with Pakistan.

Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under US President Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme.

Soon after his arrival, the Chinese minister went into delegation level talks with Pakistani side led by Aziz.

Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects in the country, the president said on Sunday, after the abduction of a Chinese couple raised safety concerns.

"My thoughts are that if Afghanistan is in peace then world is in peace, so we want to sympathise and cooperate with the world", Gharghasht said.