Chinese, Afghan foreign ministers arrive in Islamabad to discuss Afghan peace plan

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will host his Chinese and Afghan counterparts for another round of a key trilateral meeting between the three neighboring countries here on Saturday. The China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue was institutionalized in 2017. Its first round was held in Beijing while the second one took place in Kabul.

Pakistan is holding the third round of talks that will focus on political relations among the participating countries and place special emphasis on the peace process in Afghanistan.

According to a Foreign Office statement issued on Friday, other agenda items of the meeting include security and counter terrorism efforts, developmental cooperation and greater connectivity among the three countries.

The third round of the trilateral dialogue comes at a crucial time for Afghanistan when a breakthrough is said to be imminent in the ongoing peace talks between the United States and Taliban.

There has also been an upsurge of violence in the war-ravaged country, indicating that intra-Afghan hostilities may continue even when the two sides reach a peace agreement with each other.

According to the Foreign Office statement, the trilateral process is significant since it can lead to greater understanding on issues of common concern for the three countries and help with political trust-building, development cooperation, and inter connectivity.

 

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