China’s special envoy on Afghan affairs Ambassador Sun Yuxi called on Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Saturday.
The foreign secretary congratulated Ambassador Sun Yuxi on his appointment as special envoy and extended best wishes for his mission.
Stability in Afghanistan
During the wide-ranging talks, the foreign secretary underscored the convergent interests and collective goals of Pakistan and China regarding Afghanistan.
Both sides reaffirmed their willingness to support efforts for a stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan. They also highlighted the importance of international support to Afghanistan during its multiple transitions, including a peaceful democratic transition.
Aizaz added that continued support and assistance for reconstruction and economic development would reinforce efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The foreign secretary reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to counter militants. He pointed out that Operation Zarb-e-Azb – targeted against all terrorists and their hideouts – is helping Pakistan achieve this goal.
The special envoy expressed China’s solidarity with Pakistan in this endeavour and appreciated Pakistan’s contribution towards global efforts to eradicate terrorism.
The foreign secretary also highlighted Pakistan’s constructive engagement to promote regional cooperation.
Both sides agreed to work closely with each other at the Ministerial Meeting of the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process which will be held in Tianjin, China.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.