Pakistan-China-Afghanistan trilateral talks continue
May 6, 2023 10:31 PM
The 5th China-Pakistan-Afghanistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue is underway in Islamabad, the 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Saturday.
Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang, acting Afghan foreign minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, and FM Bilawal Bhutto are taking part in the dialogue.
The strategic dialogue is a structured mechanism that reviews bilateral cooperation in key areas.
In the talks, Afghanistan's economic and financial problems, peacekeeping, restoration of civil rights, education, health, food, and other problems including sanctions and their solutions are being discussed in the meeting.
Newly-sworn Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Acting Afghan FM Amir Khan Muttaqi on Friday arrived in Pakistan to hold the trilateral dialogue.
Mr. Gang, who is paying his maiden visit to Pakistan, is attending the fourth round of the Sino-Pak Strategic Dialogue, co-chaired by the Chinese FM and his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto.
The visit of the acting Afghan foreign minister is a continuation of Pakistan’s political engagement process with Afghanistan, which, inter alia, included a visit of Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs to Kabul on Nov 29, 2022, and visit of high-level delegation led by the Defence Minister of Pakistan to Kabul on Feb 22, 2023.
During the visit, the two sides will review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the political, economic, trade, connectivity, peace and security, and education domains.
Pakistan is desirous of a peaceful, prosperous, stable, and connected Afghanistan and reiterates its commitment to pursue continuous and practical engagement with the interim Afghan government, the statement added.