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Wang Yi Talks about Shuttle Diplomacy towards Pakistan and Afghanistan

On June 25, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, after concluding his visit to Pakistan, made the remarks on shuttle diplomacy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan at a press conference with Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz of Pakistan.

Wang Yi said that from June 24 to 25, I visited Afghanistan and Pakistan upon invitation. In addition to promoting the development of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, I had a vital task on mediation at the two countries’ request to promote the improvement of bilateral relations and support the Afghan reconciliation process.

Wang Yi stressed that China never interferes in the internal affairs of other countries, never imposes China’s will on others and never involves in geopolitical rivalry. However, we are willing to give friends a helping hand when they are in needs. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan hope China play its role, reflecting the high trust towards China. During the visit, after having candid and in-depth talks with the leaders of the two countries and listening to the views of two parties, we reached broad consensus and issued a joint press communiqué among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The trilateral press communiqué has five core consensus:First, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan are willing to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability, strengthen cooperation in connectivity and economy and promote common security and development.

Second, Afghanistan and Pakistan are willing to vigorously improve bilateral relations and agree to establish a bilateral crisis management mechanism to communicate on emergency issues in a timely and effective manner. China supports this mechanism.

Third, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to build a meeting mechanism of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers and carry out cooperation in the fields of common interests, starting with practical cooperation.

Fourth, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan agree to resume the coordination group of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US, devote to domestic peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and call on Taliban to join in the peace process at an early stage.

Fifth, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan support the resumption of the liaison group between the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Afghanistan and play a constructive role in promoting the reconciliation process of Afghanistan.

Wang Yi said that the visits had achieved positive results. It is gratifying that Afghanistan and Pakistan treat each other with good will and especially agree to establish a bilateral crisis management mechanism, which is an important step toward the improvement of bilateral relations. The key of the next phase is that Afghanistan and Pakistan should conduct consultations in detail on how to operate this mechanism effectively and reach an operable way to make it work. China welcomes the positive signals Afghanistan and Pakistan have sent to the international community and is willing to play a constructive role within its due capacity in the promotion process of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations as a friend and neighbor of both countries.

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