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Pak-China-Afghan trilateral meeting stresses over talks with Taliban

26 December 2017

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.

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

Expressing dismay over the peace situation in Afghanistan, he said a huge part was not under the control of Afghan government.

"We will also continue our fight against the terrorists".

"As the President said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists", he added.

He briefed the committee on the links of these students with militancy in Pakistan on which the national security advisor said that there should be surveillance of all such students and on expiry of their visit visas they should be sent back to their homeland. "We believe this will improve our relations with Pakistan to fight common threats", he said.

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He said the dialogue aimed at promoting bilateral ties between the three countries and reiterated China would continue to maintain friendly ties with both the countries.

"We saw two days ago that the Vice President of the United States has the gall, has the audacity to say that he puts Pakistan on notice".

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. President Xi Jinping has sought to present China as a responsible alternative to the USA, shifting from a longstanding policy of keeping a low profile in worldwide affairs.

The trilateral talks were held as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative for trilateral consultations between Pakistan, China and Afghanistan for strengthening of relations and developing cooperation between the three Countries. Topics of common interests and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project remained under discussion in the sitting.

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.

Pak-China-Afghan trilateral meeting stresses over talks with Taliban