Afghani, Chinese, and Pakistani Foreign Ministers Discuss Regional Issues

Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi on Wednesday met with his counterparts from China Wang Yi and Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi, where they exchanged views on regional cooperation and discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

The trilateral meeting was held on the sidelines of the 3rd Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries in China in order to follow up on bilateral issues and exchange views about the developments in Afghanistan.

During the talks, Wang Yi said that the three countries (China-Afghanistan-Pakistan) should accelerate mechanisms to continue cooperation in different areas. Wang also called for extension of political and economic cooperation between the three neighboring countries.

Muttaqi is attending the two-day meeting to be attended by foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s immediate neighbors, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Qatar and Indonesia also send their representatives as guest attendees.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Wang Wenbin said that the talks is aimed at further cementing the consensus among the Afghanistan neighbors to help the country achieve peace, stability and development at an early date.

At the same time, China will host a separate meeting of the “Extended Troika” among special envoys from Afghanistan, China, the United States and Russia.

“China, US, Russia and Pakistan are all countries with significant influence on the Afghan issue, according to Wang.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a tweet said that Afghanistan deserves more cooperation and attention of foreign countries.

“I am glad to be in China to participate in the foreign ministers meeting of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries. Iran and China stresses independence, unity and people’s right to choose their destiny and hope to see a stable, developed Afghanistan with good engagement with its neighbors” Abdollahian added.

A Taliban spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bilal Karimi said that meetings with neighbors and regional countries would help Afghanistan reach a durable peace, improve its economy and also to overcome other problems.

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