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Trilateral meeting urges for stable, prosperous Afghanistan

Pakistan and China on Saturday sought to reassure Afghanistan that they would work towards stabilizing the war-torn country amid concerns over militancy spilling over to the neighboring countries, an allegation that the Islamic Emirate has frequently rejected. The top officials of the two countries, according to the media, also sought guarantees from the visiting IEA Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi to do their part of the deal and ‘nip the terror organization in the bud.’ Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reiterated that peace and stability in Afghanistan remained vital for the socio-economic development, connectivity and prosperity of the region. “We will continue to work together with all stakeholders for peaceful, stable, prosperous and united Afghanistan,” the foreign minister said while addressing a joint news conference with the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang as Pakistan hosted the day-long 5th China-Pakistan- Afghanistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang, and Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi held productive discussions on covering areas of political engagement, counterterrorism, trade and connectivity. “Pakistan is looking forward to advancing our common agenda for regional cooperation under the trilateral framework,” the Foreign Office statement added. While this will be the Chinese foreign minister’s first visit to Pakistan, Muttaqi last traveled to Pakistan in November 2021, just a few months after the Afghan Taliban took control in Kabul. The visit to Pakistan by the Afghan foreign minister comes in the same week the UN hosted a conference on Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar, without inviting the country’s Islamic Emirate representative. Amir Khan Muttaqi is barred by international sanctions from leaving Afghanistan but was granted an exemption for a trip to Islamabad just days after the United Nations secretary- general again condemned the Taliban government’s curbs on women. With the minister for commerce and industry in tow, the Afghan delegation was one of the most high-profile to travel abroad since the Islamic Emirate seized power in August 2021 following the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces and collapse of the Westernbacked government. “Our message consistently to the Afghan authorities has been ‘help us help you’,” Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told media. Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said both Beijing and Islamabad were “ready to actively support Afghanistan with its economic reconstruction”. “We hope that the Taliban will embrace inclusive governance and moderate policies and maintain friendly relations with its neighbors,” he told reporters. But, he warned, “It is important the Islamic Emirate take the security concerns of its neighbors seriously and take stronger measures to counter the various terrorist forces within Afghanistan”. While referring to the longstanding and time-tested friendly ties between Pakistan and China, he said the two countries, like in the past, would continue to support each other in the decades to come. The minister reiterated Pakistan’s firm support for China “on all its core issues, including One-China policy, Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the South China Sea”. “We are committed to remaining engaged with China to promote south-south cooperation, especially in light of emerging global concerns like human-induced climate change,” he added. The minister further termed Pakistan-China friendship as irreversible, ‘a historic reality and a consensus choice of the two nations’. Bilawal also expressed gratitude to the Chinese leadership for its generous and timely assistance as their country was facing the meltdown effects of the global economy. About China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Bilawal termed it ‘a win-win economic initiative, open to all investors around the world’. He reiterated Pakistan’s abiding commitment to its high-quality development, adding the CPEC remained a shining example of the Belt and Road cooperation, which spurred the socio-economic development, job creation and improvement in the livelihoods of the people of Pakistan. Bilawal appreciated China’s “principled and just stance” on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The foreign minister said that the two countries were celebrating 72 years of friendship. Desk of reporters, Mahshal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.