China to support bilateral mechanism between Pakistan and Afghanistan

Posted June 27, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister is on a peace mission to the region.

China today announced that it will launch "shuttle diplomacy" between Pakistan and Afghanistan to ease tensions between the two neighbours and promote the peace process in war-torn Afghanistan amidst a spurt in terror attacks in both the countries.

The Chinese foreign minister told reporters he conducted the "shuttle diplomacy" to do what China can to help improve relations between the two countries and to help facilitate the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

In a joint press release on Sunday, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan expressed their commitment to maintain regional peace and stability, enhance regional connectivity and economic cooperation and promote shared security and development.

At the time, President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to the need for a joint fight against terrorism and extremism, to expand both regional cooperation and China's support in the Afghan peace process.

During the visit, the two countries agreed to establish the bilateral Crisis Management Mechanism, Geng said. The Chinese side would support this mechanism.

China has asked Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve their bilateral ties and "meet each other halfway", as it agreed to set up a trilateral mechanism to help reconstruct ties between Islamabad and Kabul.

"I want to make the point here that United States relationships with India and Pakistan really stand on their own merits and terms".

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".

"That's the kind of role that the U.S. would like to encourage and perhaps maybe even cooperate in terms of development projects", the official said on condition of anonymity.

Soon after his arrival, the Chinese minister went into delegation level talks with Pakistani side led by Aziz. China's foreign minister says Beijing wil.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have been uneasy neighbors ever since Pakistan's independence in 1947.

On China-Pakistan ties, Wang said that Islamabad is Beijing's all-weather strategic cooperative partner and the relationship is a unique one.

"China wants a peaceful and stable Afghanistan to ensure development and prosperity and will work with Pakistan and Afghan government for a durable peace", he concluded.

The president underscored that Pakistan earnestly wished for establishment of peace in Afghanistan so that stability in the region could be maintained.

The comments come a day after Wang visited Kabul on Saturday to follow up on agreements signed between the Afghan and Chinese presidents earlier this month.