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The 1st China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue Convenes

On December 26, 2017, the 1st China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue was held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Foreign Minister Wang Yi presided over the dialogue. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of Afghanistan and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif of Pakistan were present.

Wang Yi expressed that Afghanistan and Pakistan are China's traditional friendly neighboring countries and strategic cooperation partners. The three countries are connected by mountains and rivers, and share integrated interests as well as people-to-people and cultural connectivity. At present, Afghanistan is at the crucial phase of transition, and shoulders heavy responsibilities of political reconciliation and economic reconstruction. Pakistan has entered into a critical stage of safeguarding stability and pushing forward development, which requires a sound external environment. China is actively promoting the construction of the "Belt and Road". Regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan as important cooperation partners, China is willing to make positive efforts for the stability, security and development of Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as the region. In this context, trilateral cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan emerged at the moment. It will strongly promote coordination and cooperation among the three sides and safeguard trilateral common interests.

Wang Yi noted that the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) put forward to build a community with a shared future for mankind, and stressed that China will deepen relations with neighboring countries in accordance with the concept featuring affinity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness and the policy of forging friendship and partnership with its neighbors to actively promote international cooperation of the "Belt and Road". It injects fresh and strong impetus into strengthening trilateral cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue should abide by the principles of mutual respect, equal consultation, friendly cooperation, mutual benefit and win-win results, scientific and practical manner, and gradual improvement, and commit to realizing the goals as follows: The first is to help Afghanistan and Pakistan improve and develop their relations, injecting positive energy into the establishment of mutual trust as well as the deepening of cooperation between both countries. The second is to support peaceful reconstruction and reconciliation process of Afghanistan, so as to realize an extensive and inclusive political reconciliation led and owned by the Afghan people at an early date. The third is to enhance trilateral security cooperation to jointly combat terrorism in any form. The fourth is to push forward international cooperation of the "Belt and Road" and discuss the effective approaches of connectivity and economic integration of the three countries.

Salahuddin Rabbani and Khawaja Muhammad Asif congratulated on the successful convening of the 19th CPC National Congress, expressed that Afghanistan and Pakistan highly agree with the concept of building a community with a shared future for mankind proposed by President Xi Jinping, and expected that China will make greater contributions to the world peace and development. The two countries thanked China for its long-term efforts to help the development of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and promote regional stability. They appreciated China's initiative of holding this Foreign Ministers' Dialogue of the three sides and agreed to propel trilateral cooperation centering on three major themes including political mutual trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity and security cooperation and counter-terrorism under this mechanism. Salahuddin Rabbani and Khawaja Muhammad Asif expressed that China is a traditional friendly neighboring country of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The two countries are both committed to developing good neighborly and friendly relations with China and thank China for its positive role in helping Afghanistan and Pakistan establish mutual trust and improve relations. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan oppose terrorism in any form and support the three countries to reinforce coordination and cooperation in counter-terrorism. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping is conducive to promoting common development of the countries in the region. They stand ready to take this dialogue as an opportunity to push forward connectivity and practical cooperation among the three countries under the framework of the "Belt and Road".

The dialogue has issued the Joint Press Release of the 1st China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue.

After the dialogue, Foreign Ministers of the three countries jointly met the Chinese and foreign journalists.

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