China intervenes to ease Pak-Afghan ties with focus on economic cooperation

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"Pakistan has consistently emphasized that peace and stability in Afghanistan is in our interest and a stable Afghanistan would help us to promote our shared agenda of economic development and regional connectivity", he added.

Afghanistan and Pakistan will also form a crisis management mechanism, which will include prevention through timely and effective intelligence and information-sharing, said the statement.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated significantly following a terrorist attack in Pakistan's Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine that claimed dozens of lives and which Islamabad blamed on terrorists hiding in Afghanistan.

They have also agreed to launch a coordinating team consisting of China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US.

The three parties believed that peace and reconciliation was the fundamental solution to the Afghan issue, which could not be solved by violent means.

"We acknowledge these sacrifices and will always support and stand with Pakistan", Wang said.

The three parties called on the Afghan Taliban to join the reconciliation process on an early date.

Prior to his Pakistan's visit, the Chinese foreign minister also visited Kabul where he met his Afghan Counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani today. The President said China's serious efforts to maintain stability in Afghanistan and the region were the manifestation of their sincerity.

Meanwhile, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz reiterated that Pakistan wanted peaceful relations with all its neighbours including India.

In retaliation, Pakistan closed all its border crossings with Afghanistan but reopened the borders on March 20 following a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar in London.

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He emphasized on the need for the two countries to pursue their abiding commitment to not let their respective soils be used against each other.

"We're certainly eager to deepen the strategic partnership with India", he said.

Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi on Saturday arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to discuss the bilateral ties.

For Beijing, peace and stability in Afghanistan is critical for both its own security and investments in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a senior Trump official yesterday said that India and the U.S. have a common objective in Afghanistan, and the two countries could increase their cooperation to enhance the Afghan economy.

"China sincerely wishes for Afghanistan and Pakistan to improve relations, rebuild mutual trust strengthen cooperation, achieve mutual safety and mutually development", Wang said, according to the statement.

Wang also hailed Pakistan's important contribution to the worldwide counter terrorism cause as it is in the frontline of global fight against terror. So, I think that we would like to move forward with both countries.

A Taliban delegation had also attended the first meeting of the QCG held in northeastern Pakistani city of Murree but despite some initial breakthrough, the news about the death of Mullah Omar - the slain leader of the Taliban - failed to yield desired results.

A state-run Chinese daily has accused India of being stubborn in its geo-political thinking, and this is clearly reflected in New Delhi's decision to have a dedicated air corridor with Afghanistan by bypassing Pakistan.

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