China urges Pakistan, Afghanistan to improve ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PTI file

President Mamnoon Hussain told visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan was the "top priority" of the government, according to a statement issued by the presidency.

India is also working with Afghanistan and Iran for development of the Chabahar Port.

China has lately got increasingly involved in Afghanistan.

Many of protesters shouted slogans asking Islamabad to stop intervening in the internal affairs of Kabul.

Aziz said the Afghan conflict can not be resolved only through military means, while a sustainable peace in Afghanistan requires a politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-led Afghan owned peace process.

It added that "the three parties believe that the Quadrilateral Coordination Group should be revived to create an enabling environment for peace talks and for Taliban to join the peace talks".

The Global Times in a commentary advised India "to develop economic and trade relations" with China's "all-weather ally" Pakistan where Beijing is building a multi-billion dollar economic corridor.

"We're certainly eager to deepen the strategic partnership with India", he said. In a huge snub to China, India did not attend a summit in Beijing earlier this month that saw 60 countries including the USA attending the session on President Xi Jinping's signature project.


Wang said a three-way conference mechanism involving the two countries and China could promote dialogue and cooperation, the Chinese ministry said in a statement.

Beijing's interest in Afghanistan is out of its security concerns related to presence of Uighur militants in Badakhshan province.

London [U.K.], June 24 (ANI): Scores of Afghans took part in a protest march in Central London against Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism and creating instability in their country.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi appreciated the resolute steps taken by Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism. So, I think that we would like to move forward with both countries. It is also a challenge to global peace and stability.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed confidence that bilateral relationship between Islamabad and Kabul would improve after certain decisions that were reached when he met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani are implemented.

The Chinese foreign minister undertook the mediation effort at a time when the Untied States is reportedly planning to intensify its Afghan military campaign by sending fresh troops to the country. He said Pakistan values Chinese positive role for sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

"The worldwide community should fully acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made by Pakistan in this regard".

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