Afghanistan, China, Pakistan agree to boost fight against terrorism – Beijing

NEWS DIGEST -The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan agreed to enhance trilateral cooperation, and step up their joint fight against terrorism.

The statement is devoted to the results of Monday’s meeting between the three countries on the level of deputy foreign ministers.

“The parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in their fight against terrorism, continue cooperation in countering the East Turkestan Movement and other terrorist forces,’’ the ministry stated.

Moreover, the sides to the negotiations agreed to implement the reached agreements on humanitarian exchanges and training of human resources, and continue examining opportunities for prolonging the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan.

The parties also discussed the preparation for the second meeting of the foreign ministers of the three states, which is set to take place later this year in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan reached an agreement to hold trilateral meetings in June 2017.

The first talks in the format took place in December.

The meetings are aimed at improving regional stability, and relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as enhancing cooperation between the three states.

The relations between Islamabad and Kabul have been strained for decades.

They have worsened recently amid accusations by Afghanistan that Pakistan has been supporting the Haqqani militant group, affiliated with Taliban terrorists, which has staged numerous attacks on the Afghan infrastructure.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a network of infrastructure projects, which was agreed upon by Islamabad and Beijing in 2007 to facilitate bilateral trade.

While the large part of the corridor is still under construction, it became partially operational in 2016.

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