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First Round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue Held in Kabul

2015/02/10

On February 9, 2015, the first round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue was held in Kabul. Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao, Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai of Afghanistan and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Pakistan co-chaired the Dialogue.

The three sides exchanged in-depth views on the Afghan and regional situation, discussed the trilateral practical cooperation, and reached broad consensus.

The three parties agreed to make joint efforts in maintaining the peace and stability of Afghanistan and the region. China and Pakistan reiterated their support for the peaceful reconciliation process featuring "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" and the efforts made by the Afghan government to this end. The Afghan side expressed that they will devote to advancing the peaceful reconciliation process, and hoped that China and Pakistan continue to play a constructive role in enhancing bilateral interaction and promoting political, security, counter-terrorism and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is of vital importance for regional peace and stability. As the common friend and neighbor of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Chinese side sincerely welcomes the positive progress mentioned above, and welcomes Afghanistan and Pakistan to increase mutual strategic trust as well as enhance mutually beneficial cooperation.

The three sides reiterated that terrorism, extremism and separatism pose a major threat to the security and stability of the three countries and the region. The three sides agreed to continue to deepen counter-terrorism and security cooperation.

The three sides agreed to carry out practical cooperation projects within the framework of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue. The Chinese side expressed that it will invite five delegations of senators, media, diplomats, friends and think-tanks from Afghanistan and Pakistan to visit China in 2015. Afghanistan and Pakistan welcomed China's invitation and expressed that they will actively participate in the relevant projects. China agreed to support relevant proposals such as strengthening highway and rail link between Afghanistan and Pakistan including the Kunar Hydroelectric Dam, pushing forward connectivity, and enhancing economic integration. China and Afghanistan support Pakistan in holding the fifth Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan and the three sides agreed to strengthen coordination and cooperation on this matter.

The China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue is a beneficial attempt of the three countries to address the rapid changes of the regional situation and enhance trilateral communication and cooperation. The three sides agreed to hold the second round of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue in due time, and the specific time and venue will be decided through diplomatic channels.

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