China, Pak hold talks on Afghan peace process

Shah Mehmood Qureshi. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Chinese Foreign Minister and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi held talks here over the establishment of peace in war-torn Afghanistan…reports Asian Lite News

Shah Mehmood Qureshi. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Qureshi’s tour to Afghanistan, Iran, China and Russia is aimed at taking regional countries on board about Pakistan’s fresh push to jumpstart the Afghan reconciliation process.

Qureshi and Wang had an in-depth discussion on the recent changes concerning the situation in Afghanistan and reached a broad consensus.

The two sides said they believed that the Afghanistan issue could not be solved through military solutions and political reconciliation was the only viable way, the report said.

They welcomed all efforts made by relevant parties and expressed willingness to keep close communication and strategic coordination over the issue.

Both the Foreign Ministers also pledged to further strengthen China-Pakistan’s all-weather strategic cooperative partnership so as to elevate the level of all-round cooperation.

Qureshi called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) an undertaking of extensive importance for Pakistan and the region.

He visited Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday on the first leg of his trip, where he held — what he described as — “productive meetings” with Afghan leadership. Later, he travelled to Tehran where he met Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. It was his first official visit to Iran.

According to Dawn newspaper, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan also spoke to Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Monday over the Afghan peace process.

Qatar had been hosting the Taliban’s political office since 2013, but Pakistan-backed talks between the US and Taliban were held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. This apparently was done to accommodate Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the process, the daily said.

But according to diplomatic observers, the move did not go well with the Qatari leadership.

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