BEIJING: Pakistan and China have agreed to work together for defence and regional security.
Later, at a joint talk with media, Pakistani Foreign Minister said the two countries agreed that solution of the Afghan problem has to be a fundamentally political solution and that there is no military solution to the conflict.
Referring to the US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, Khawaja Asif said peace and stability in Afghanistan remains critical for peace and security in the region. He said it is our firm view that focus should be on politically-negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict.
He said China is playing a constructive role in this regard and together Pakistan and China can contribute to a political solution of Afghan problem.
The Minister said Pakistan and China have close counter terrorism cooperation and Pakistan shares Beijing’s strong position on three evils of terrorism, extremism, and separatism.
He said Pakistan’s comprehensive and all out law-enforcement actions under Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad against all terrorist groups including ETIM have yielded positive results. He expressed Pakistan’s gratitude to China for unflinching support in counter-terrorism efforts.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Pakistan and China stand together in the changing regional and global scenario.
He said peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, China, and the entire region.
He said China would cooperate with Pakistan in defence and regional stability.
He said the first trilateral meeting between Pakistan, China and Afghanistan will be held in China before the end of this year to encompassing strategic communication, security dialogue, and practical cooperation.
Asif reached Beijing on Friday, on the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He is there for talks on bilateral relations and regional developments, in the backdrop of the new US policy for Afghanistan.
According to a statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday, the minister has left for Beijing on the first leg of his tour to the regional countries to garner support for Pakistan in the wake of the US strategy announced by President Donald Trump last month.
The statement added that the two sides would review bilateral relations and regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.