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Wang Yi: China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue Seeks No Replacement of the Existing Mechanisms

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 there are many mechanisms of the international community to support the process of peace, reconstruction and reconciliation in Afghanistan, and the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue seeks no replacement of the existing mechanisms and does not target any party except the three countries.

Wang Yi said that China, Afghanistan and Pakistan are neighbors to each other, and it is perfectly natural and necessary for them to strengthen dialogue and cooperation. China proposes setting up the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue mechanism. First, it is to help Afghanistan and Pakistan to conduct dialogue, build mutual trust and improve relations between both sides. Second, it is to coordinate the existing cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and strengthen political, economic and security cooperation among the three parties so as to achieve common development and security and commit to peace and stability in the region. Such gestures comply with the common demand of the three countries and conform to the common interests of the three countries.

Wang Yi expressed that the trilateral dialogue neither targets any party outside of the three countries, nor wants to be interfered or influenced by other countries or forces. We are ready to coordinate and cooperate with other mechanisms, give play to respective strengths and create synergy to make joint contributions to promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

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