Islamabad, Beijing, Kabul agree to promote cooperation

Published: May 28, 2017


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, China and Afghanistan have — in a first round of trilateral Practical Cooperation Dialogue – agreed to promote practical measures for cooperation.

The three sides exchanged in-depth views on trilateral cooperation during the dialogue in Beijing on Saturday, in a friendly atmosphere to promote practical measures for cooperation, according to a press release.

The dialogue was co-chaired by Director General (DG) Mansoor Ahmad Khan from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director General Xiao Qian from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director General Khalid Payenda from the Afghan Ministry of Finance.

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The three sides noted that trilateral cooperation among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China is conducive to peace, stability and development of Afghanistan and the region.

The three countries appreciated the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its benefits for promoting regional connectivity.

They agreed to advance practical cooperation in various areas so as to promote mutual benefit and regional economic integration under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative. They agreed to organise workshops, seminars and different forums.

Pakistan and China will explore trilateral cooperation in areas of infrastructure, energy, education, health, agriculture, human resource training and capacity building based on the needs of Afghanistan and according to China and Pakistan’s respective assistance programmes for Afghanistan.

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The three sides highly appreciated the outcome of discussions and agreed to make the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Practical Cooperation Dialogue a regular forum.

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