China urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to improve ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Saturday arrived in Islamabad here Saturday on two-day visit to discuss the bilateral ties.

Wang was quoted by China's Xinhua news agency as saying that tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan are not conducive to their stability and development as well as regional cooperation, calling on both countries to meet each other halfway so as to improve bilateral ties.

He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan should send the global community a positive signal that the two sides are willing to restore mutual trust and cooperation through bilateral channels.

But fears over safety arose last month when two Chinese workers were abducted in Quetta, Balochistan, which is at the heart of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project but racked by separatist and religious insurgencies.

Bouquets of flowers were presented to the Chinese delegation.

He said it is also agreed that a bilateral crisis management mechanism between Afghanistan and Pakistan will also be established.

The President emphasized that Pakistan was committed towards friendly relations with all of its neighbours and also wanted peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues with India, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

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External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Bagley told reporters he was aware of the remarks made by Guteress that he has raised the issue during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

China considers stability in Afghanistan vital to its national security and economic interests.

Later, Chinese foreign minister also called on President Mamnoon Hussain who appreciated Chinese efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan.

The Pakistan army said the attacks are linked to sanctuaries across the border inside Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan is very grateful to China for its constructive proposals for promoting peace and harmony in the region.

The three parties agree to establish the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' dialogue mechanism to cooperate on issues of mutual interest, beginning with economic cooperation.

According to sources, the discussions centred around the situation in Afghanistan and the relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan that have been on a steep downslide due to differences over the strategy to fight terrorism.

  • Megan Austin