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Wang Yi Talks About the Six Aspects of Consensus Reached at China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue
2018-12-15

On December 15, 2018 local time, after the second China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Kabul, Afghanistan, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Chinese and foreign journalists that the dialogue achieved a complete success, and we reached new and extensive consensus on trilateral cooperation:

First, we believed that further strengthening trilateral cooperation is of great practical significance for promoting common development and security of the three countries and safeguarding regional peace and stability. The three sides will make good use of the foreign ministers' dialogue and strategic dialogue, counter-terrorism and security consultation, practical cooperation and dialogue and other mechanisms under its framework, strengthen coordination and communication, as well as plan and promote trilateral cooperation in various fields.

Second, we believed that the reconciliation process in Afghanistan faces important opportunities. The three sides are willing to strengthen coordination and push the Taliban back to the negotiating table and the political mainstream at an early date. The Afghan side is ready to continue to push forward the peace plan previously proposed and strive for the resumption of peace talks. China and Pakistan firmly support the "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" reconciliation process and the dominant position of the Afghan side, and will continue to make use of their own advantages and play a constructive role in this regard.

Third, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to further improve bilateral relations, well implement the Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity, promote sound interactions in such fields as politics, military, economy and security, adhere to resolving differences through friendly consultation, and properly manage issues that cannot be resolved for the time being and avoid affecting the improvement process of bilateral relations. As a common friend of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Chinese side appreciates this and is ready to provide support and assistance for the improvement of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations.

Fourth, the three sides agreed to strengthen cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan and will actively explore hardware projects for people's livelihood and transportation infrastructure construction on the basis of continuing software projects including personnel exchanges and training programs. At the early stage, the Chinese side will help Afghanistan and Pakistan build amenities including reception centers, drinking water, and cold storage on the ports of both sides. Afghanistan and Pakistan introduced the situation of cross-border infrastructure projects such as the Peshawar-Kabul railway and the Quetta-Kandahar railway. The Chinese side is ready to take a positive consideration to support and participate in these projects in an appropriate way if agreed with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Fifth, the three sides agreed to jointly promote the undertaking of the Belt and Road Initiative and promote regional connectivity and economic development. China and Pakistan support Afghanistan in leveraging its geographical advantages to become a hub connecting countries in the region and benefit from regional cooperation projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The three sides agreed to go on expanding trilateral cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Sixth, the three sides agreed to earnestly implement the Memorandum of Understanding on Anti-terrorism Cooperation signed during the dialogue, strengthen dialogue on counter-terrorism policies, advance practical cooperation in counter-terrorism, intensify exchanges and cooperation in counter-terrorism within the multilateral frameworks, and firmly crack down on the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and other terrorist organizations. The Chinese side will provide Afghanistan and Pakistan with support and assistance in advancing counter-terrorism cause and strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation.

The three sides agreed to issue a joint statement for the important consensus reached during the dialogue.

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