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Wang Yi: Chinese, Afghan and Pakistani Foreign Ministers Reach Eight-point Consensus

2021/06/04

On June 3, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided over the 4th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Guiyang, and Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi attended the dialogue.

Wang Yi said, the three foreign ministers held a harmonious and friendly dialogue with in-depth and fruitful discussions and reached eight-point consensus.

First, the three countries should firmly push forward the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, call on all parties in Afghanistan to cease fire, stop violence and substantively advance inter-Afghan negotiations, and welcome the Taliban back to the political mainstream. Foreign military forces should withdraw in a responsible and orderly manner. Countries in the region should play a more constructive role in stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan.

Second, the three countries should strengthen political trust, increase exchanges and communication and develop good-neighborly friendship. China will continue to play a positive role in improving and developing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Third, China and Pakistan reaffirm their firm support for peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan and their readiness to expand economic and trade exchanges with Afghanistan and help the country enhance its capacity for independent development.

Fourth, the three countries should deepen high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, support substantive expansion of cooperation in Afghanistan, and enhance connectivity among the three countries and in the region at large.

Fifth, the three countries should flexibly promote trilateral practical cooperation, carry out more projects to improve people's livelihood, and explore new space for cooperation in such areas as health care and education.

Sixth, the three countries should continue to strengthen cooperation against the COVID-19. China is ready to provide more support for Afghanistan and Pakistan in their fighting and defeating the pandemic.

Seventh, the three countries should strengthen counter-terrorism and security cooperation, oppose "double standards" in fighting terrorism and intensify the fight against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and other terrorist forces.

Eighth, the three countries should deepen the trilateral foreign ministers' dialogue mechanism and hold face-to-face dialogue among the three foreign ministers as soon as possible.

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