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Wang Yi Talks about Eight Major Consensus Reached at the 1st China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue

On December 26, 2017, when jointly meeting the press with Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of Afghanistan and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif of Pakistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that it is the consensus reached by the three parties to establish the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue mechanism. China, Afghanistan and Pakistan are neighboring countries to each other, and it is quite normal and natural for neighboring countries to enhance dialogue and cooperation. China-Afghanistan-Pakistan dialogue and cooperation conform to the common interests of the three parties and the trend of regional integration, as well as contribute to maintaining regional peace and stability.

Wang Yi said that through today's dialogue, the three parties have reached a series of important consensus:

The first is that the three parties will, under the framework of trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue, take political mutual trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, and security cooperation and counter-terrorism as three main topics to actively push forward trilateral cooperation in line with the principles of mutual respect, equal consultation, mutual benefit and win-win results.

The second is that the three parties agreed that China-Afghanistan-Pakistan cooperation commits to realizing the following four goals: supporting Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and reconciliation process, helping Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve and develop relations, promoting common security in the three countries and the region, as well as pushing forward regional connectivity and international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

The third is that Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to improve bilateral relations as soon as possible, in a bid to achieve harmonious co-existence. The two countries agreed to solve issues of respective concerns through comprehensive dialogue and consultation. The Pakistani side put forward the Pakistan-Afghanistan Action Plan on Strengthening Unity, hoping to set up five liaison working groups in politics, military, intelligence, economy and refugee. The Afghan side expressed its willingness to fully echo it. Such gestures were supported and welcomed by China. This is an important progress made at the Dialogue.

The fourth is that the three sides reaffirmed their commitments to advancing the "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" reconciliation process of Afghanistan, and called on the Afghan Taliban to join the process. The Afghan government expressed that it will put forward more attractive options for reconciliation at an early date. China and Pakistan welcome it, stand ready to fully support the Afghan government in carrying out peace talks with the Taliban, and will continuously offer convenience to this end.

The fifth is that Afghanistan and Pakistan reaffirmed to support the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China. The two countries stand ready to align respective development strategies with the building of the Belt and Road Initiative, and meanwhile, actively discuss trilateral cooperation under the "Belt and Road" framework.

The sixth is that China and Pakistan will carry out projects to aid Afghanistan in health care, human resources, agriculture and other livelihood areas. The three parties will actively conduct friendly exchanges in such fields as youths, think tanks and media, and will also give play to the location advantage of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China to carry out cooperation between Xinjiang and relevant regions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The seventh is that the three sides will enhance coordination and cooperation in counter-terrorism, and combat all terrorist organizations and individuals without any discrimination according to the consensus reached under the mechanism of China- Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral vice-ministerial consultation on counter-terrorism and security.

The eighth is that Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to promote communication between the two Ulema Councils, so as to jointly make clear the stance of religious circles of both sides on no tolerance of terrorist acts to the outside, and jointly prevent the spread of religious extremism, which the Chinese side appreciates.

Wang Yi said that China is gratified with the outcomes of this Dialogue, and particularly feels pleased that the Dialogue is conducive to helping Afghanistan and Pakistan enhance dialogue, improve relations, establish mutual trust and conduct cooperation. The three sides agreed to hold the 2nd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Kabul in 2018.

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