Nepal | January 23, 2020

Pakistan hosts China, Afghanistan for talks on trade, peace


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan hosted a third round of trilateral talks with China and Afghanistan on Saturday covering trade, counterterrorism and an end to Afghanistan’s 18-year war.

Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said the people of Afghanistan should determine their country’s future and that Beijing would contribute to Afghanistan’s reconciliation and reconstruction.

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, centre, hand shakes jointly with Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, right, and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi prior to a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Sept, 07, 2019. Photo: Press Information Department via AP

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said this year’s trilateral talks took place at a key moment in the US-led effort to negotiate peace in neighbouring Afghanistan. He said both regional and Pakistani security will rely on ending the fighting there.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that the foreign ministers also discussed cooperation in economic development.

China is developing a trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative to build ports, highways, power plants and other infrastructure across an arc of countries linking it to Europe, Africa and Asia. The initiative also aims to boost demand in developing countries.

The forum was established two years ago, and earlier meetings were held in Beijing and Kabul in 2017 and 2018.

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