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The Fourth Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan Held in Beijing

On October 31, 2014, the fourth Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan was held at the Fanghua Garden of the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Foreign Ministers or senior representatives from 14 regional member states, 16 supporting states outside the region, 12 international and regional organizations and 4 guests of the host country attended the conference.

Premier Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech, expounding on the five propositions of the Chinese side about resolving the Afghan issue. He expressed that the Chinese side will continue to firmly adhere to the friendly policy towards Afghanistan, support Afghanistan to promote peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction process, help Afghanistan with capacity building and support Afghanistan to integrate into the regional cooperation.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Moqbel Osmani of Afghanistan co-chaired the conference. Wang Yi expressed that Afghanistan is in the midst of triple transition of politics, security and economy, which presents important opportunities as well as severe challenges. At this critical moment, this Ministerial Conference should send out a clear signal that countries in the region and the international community firmly support the smooth transition and secure development of Afghanistan and carry out all kinds of efforts to support political reconciliation and peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan so as to facilitate the lasting peace and stability of Afghanistan and the region.

The participating parties appreciated that the Chinese side held the Ministerial Conference for the first time, congratulated on the important results achieved at the conference and expressed their willingness to make contribution to the transition and reconstruction of Afghanistan and the development of Istanbul Process.

The conference passed the Beijing Declaration, confirmed 64 priority projects for cooperation in 6 major areas and announced that the next Ministerial Conference will be held in Pakistan in 2015.

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