China steps in to broker peace in Pak-Afghan conflict

Kh Asif doubts US serious about Afghan peace

"China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as three neighbors, will naturally try to strengthen cooperation amongst each other", Wang said on Monday.

Some foreign forces did not want to see Pakistan as a powerful state but the nation could not be intimated with external threats, the foreign minister commented, saying the country's armed forces were fully capable to defend the motherland.

A first of its kind trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan is convening in Beijing.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani led the delegations of their respective countries.

He expected to cement political trust through the trilateral foreign ministers' meeting, and jointly respond to development and security challenges.

Afghanistan has urgent need to develop and improve people's lives and hopes it can join inter-connectivity initiatives, Wang told reporters, as he announced that Pakistan and Afghanistan had agreed to mend their strained relations.

He also added that "We will press Pakistan to intensify its counterterrorism efforts, since no partnership can survive a country's support for militants and terrorists who target a partner's own service members and officials".

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Their ties have been poisoned in recent years by Afghan accusations that Pakistan is supporting Taliban insurgents fighting the US-backed Kabul in order to limit the influence of its old rival, India, in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan and China are in favour of talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, said the Chinese FM while inviting the Taliban to be a part of the regional peace process".

Asif said that the frustration of USA can be clearly seen through statements at the United Nations General Assembly session.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said for maintaining peace in the region, it was important to eliminate terrorism.

The three countries agreed to establish the mechanism during Wang's visits to Kabul and Islamabad in June.

The chairman of the Pakistani Senate, upper house of parliament, used the high-profile conference to denounce what he called U.S. President Donald Trump's policy of blaming Pakistan for failures of the United States in Afghanistan.

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