Afghanistan, Pakistan to form dialogue mechanism

Posted June 27, 2017

Afghanistan in recent months has alleged that Pakistan is carrying out destabilisation and terrorist activities inside the country.

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.

We expect the mediation effort taken by China on its shoulders will be pursued with utmost urgency and both the sides will also avail this offer to ensure peaceful relationship which is necessary to fighting the curse of terrorism plaguing both the countries for well over a decade now. The Chinese side will support this mechanism, read the statement issued by the Ministry.

"The three parties believe that peace and reconciliation is the fundamental solution to the Afghan issue, which could not be solved by violent means", he said.

The article said India has "always been pushing back against the Belt and Road Initiative, so its intention to create its own connectivity network appears to be a strategy to counterbalance" the CPEC - especially to bypass Pakistan.

He revealed that Afghanistan, Pakistan and China also agreed on the need for reviving the Quadrilateral Coordination Group process in order to create a conducive environment for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

"China wants to maintain good ties with all neighbouring countries and encourages Islamabad and Kabul to improve relations", he said.

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He said this, while talking to joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad on Sunday.

China has brokered a deal between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the establishment of a bilateral "crisis management mechanism" to avoid any breakdown in mutual communications and contacts in the event of terrorist attacks on both sides of their long shared border.

The three parties had in-depth exchange of views on the Afghan issue, the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan's prime minister on foreign affairs, on Sunday in Islamabad to discuss peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and stability with neighbouring Afghanistan.

Beijing is investing billions of dollars in Pakistan, China's staunch ally, to establish a trade route to gain access to global markets through the Pakistani port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea.

A leading Chinese newspaper, Global Times, which is state-run, described the air corridor, which opened last week, as an attempt by India to counter China's ambitious $54 billion economic corridor that runs through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.