Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
China News Service: Could you brief us on the outcomes of the fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue held yesterday?
Wang Wenbin: The fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue was held through video link yesterday. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the dialogue. Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi attended the dialogue. The three held an in-depth exchange of views on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and trilateral cooperation. Two joint statements were released, one on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and another on deepening trilateral cooperation. The dialogue also adopted a list of projects of practical cooperation. All sides commended the progress in trilateral cooperation and agreed that the foreign ministers’ dialogue is an important platform for the three countries to enhance mutual understanding, deepen mutual trust and advance cooperation. They vowed to further deepen institution-building of this mechanism.
Linked by mountains and rivers, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan are together through weal and woe. The security situation in Afghanistan has a direct bearing on the stability and economic prosperity of the entire region. The main purpose of this dialogue is to strengthen trilateral communication and cooperation at a crucial stage in the evolving Afghan situation to form synergy on promoting peace and maintaining stability and to make sure the situation develops in a direction consistent with the common interests of Afghanistan and regional countries.
The three sides reached important consensus on advancing the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and on deepening trilateral practical cooperation and counter-terrorism security cooperation. All stressed that efforts should be made to practically advance the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, and realize ceasefire and end violence at an early date. The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan should be carried out in a responsible and orderly manner to prevent the deterioration of the security situation and the return of terrorist forces. The solution to the Afghan issue should fully reflect the principle of “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned”. All three support Afghanistan in becoming an independent, sovereign and neutral country that pursues a moderate Muslim policy, firmly fights against terrorism, and maintains friendly ties with other countries, especially its neighbors.
The three sides agreed to explore effective ways to deepen trilateral cooperation against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, step up cooperation in fighting the pandemic and improving people’s livelihood as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and substantively expand the Belt and Road cooperation to Afghanistan, so as to bring more benefits to the people of the region.
The three sides reiterated the consensus of jointly fighting all forms of terrorism, and stressed the need to reject “double standard” on counter-terrorism, forbid any terrorist organizations or individuals from using their territories to engage in criminal activities against other countries, and strengthen joint efforts to combat the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and other terrorist forces, so as to safeguard regional security and stability.
China and Pakistan reaffirmed their firm support for peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan and their readiness to expand economic and trade exchanges with Afghanistan, assist Afghanistan in enhancing its capability for self-driven growth, and promote sustainable development in Afghanistan and the region. Afghanistan and Pakistan expressed the willingness to strengthen communication and coordination, deepen political mutual trust and create prospects for peace and cooperation.