'India-Afghanistan air corridor reflects New Delhi's stubborn thinking'

Robyn Ryan
June 27, 2017

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, gestures to Pakistan's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz during a press conference, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

He said according to these proposals Pakistan, Afghanistan and China have agreed to conduct Foreign Ministers dialogue to discuss all aspects of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations with special focus on economic cooperation.

He condemned the recent terrorist attacks occurred in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, and extended condolences to the deceased and sympathy to the affected people. The Chinese side will support this mechanism, read the statement issued by the Ministry.

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

Wang said that China is willing to play a constructive role within its capacity to help Afghanistan and Pakistan in improving their relations.

Ghani used the message, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, to call on armed opposition groups including the Taliban to join the peace process, if they were genuine Afghans concerned about the loss of innocent lives.

China has said it will cooperate with Pakistani authorities to investigate whether the two - allegedly killed by the Islamic State group - had been preaching illegally.

The latest edition of the Global Times, English daily under People's Daily (an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party) says that Beijing has cautioned New Delhi to include Pakistan in the direct air freight corridor project.

Prior to his Pakistan's visit, the Chinese foreign minister also visited Kabul where he met his Afghan Counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani today. All the stakeholders in Afghan peace, however, will also have to understand Pakistan's genuine concerns about the terrorists and their financiers operating on Afghan soil against our interests. The President said China's serious efforts to maintain stability in Afghanistan and the region were the manifestation of their sincerity.

He also informed the Chinese foreign minister about Pakistan's efforts to strengthen cooperation with the Afghan government in counter-terrorism, border management and voluntary and sustainable return of Afghan refugees. China's foreign minister says Beijing wil.

"China wants a peaceful and stable Afghanistan to ensure development and prosperity and will work with Pakistan and Afghan government for a durable peace", he concluded.

He also added that the USA is eager to deepen its strategic partnership with India, however it is also interested in continuing its coopertation with Pakistan.

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