China Chairs the First Trilateral Dialogue of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan

From February 28 to 29, 2012, the first trilateral dialogue of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan was held in Beijing. Luo Zhaohui, Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs chaired the dialogue. Alamgir Babar, Additional Secretary of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry and Amanullah Jayhoon, Director General of the First Political Department of the Afghan Foreign Ministry attended the dialogue. Heads of delegations of the three parties signed the minute at the end of the dialogue.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with heads of the Pakistani and Afghan delegations.

The three parties agreed that holding the trilateral dialogue to exchange opinions on the regional situation and trilateral cooperation under current circumstances is very significant for the three countries to enhance friendly cooperation and maintain regional peace and stability. The establishment of the platform opened a new model of solidarity and cooperation among the three countries.

They pointed out that the key to overcoming existing challenges is to push forward the reconciliation process in Afghanistan and promoting regional economic and social development. China and Pakistan both indicated support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

They reiterated following the spirit of the 2002 Kabul Declaration on Good-Neighborly Relations and developing constructive and supportive bilateral relations on the basis of territorial integrity, mutual respect, friendly relations, cooperation and non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

Afghanistan and Pakistan reaffirmed their commitment to working with regional countries and the international community to achieve peace and development. China welcomes such efforts and would like to play a constructive role. It welcomes and supports the statement made by President Hamid Karzai on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan on February 21, 2012 and the statement made by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on February 24, 2012.

The three sides support the UN to play a leading role on international cooperation and give full play to the role of other international organizations and cooperation mechanisms including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

They support countries in the region to enhance political mutual trust and accommodate each other's concerns and interests. They will discuss the feasibility of trilateral cooperation on interconnectivity, resource development and fighting against the "three forces".

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