ISLAMABAD – Pakistan, Afghanistan and China have resolved to make concerted efforts in maintaining peace and stability in region especially in Afghanistan.
It was agreed at the first round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue held at Kabul on Monday which was attended by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry who led Pakistan’s delegation. The Strategic Dialogue was jointly co-chaired by Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai.
Pakistan and China reiterated support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. China and Afghanistan also expressed their support for Pakistan to host 5th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in 2015. In the Strategic Dialogue, the three sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in the region, issues of peace and security, and trilateral practical cooperation.
The three parties welcomed the formation of the national unity government in Afghanistan and enhanced bilateral interaction between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as increased political, security, counter-terrorism and economic cooperation. The three sides agreed to carry out practical cooperation program under the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue and deepen cooperation in the fields of counter-terrorism and security.
On the sidelines of Strategic Dialogue, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry also held bilateral meetings with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao. During the meeting with Hekmat Karzai, the foreign secretary underscored the importance Pakistan attached to a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan.
He noted the commitment of the leadership on both the sides to transform the relationship with special emphasis on political engagement, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, trade and commercial interaction, and regional cooperation. The two sides agreed to hold a structured dialogue at the foreign secretary/deputy minister level, every six months to follow-up on various issues.
In his bilateral meeting with Liu Jianchao, the foreign secretary exchanged views on political, economic, defence and security dimensions of the Pakistan-China relations. The two sides agreed to closely coordinate to support efforts for peace and security and Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development. During his stay in Kabul, the foreign secretary called Afghan Interior Minister Noorul Haq Uloomi.
The foreign secretary emphasized the importance of close coordination between security and law enforcing agencies of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Uloomi said that good-neighbourly relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan were vital for peace and security in the region. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation on border management. In this context, Afghan Senior Deputy Interior Minister General Ayub Salangi would soon visit Pakistan.
Aizaz also called on Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and discussed whole gamut of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. He conveyed the greetings from Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and reiterated the invitation to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. Rabbani expressed commitment to work closely with Pakistan to strengthen Pakistan-Afghanistan ties in all areas.