China, Russia support improvement of Pakistan-Afghanistan ties
23 November, 2013
BEIJING: China and Russia have supported Pakistan and Afghanistan's plan to expand exchanges and improve ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei has said.
"It will have positive impact on regional situation," Hong said at a daily news briefing on Thursday when asked about the second round of China-Pakistan-Russia trilateral talks on Afghanistan, held in Islamabad.
According to Pakistan's Foreign Office, the second round of China-Pakistan-Russia Trilateral Dialogue on Afghanistan was held in Islamabad on November 20. The first session had taken place in Beijing in April 2013.
The three countries agreed to hold the next round of trilateral talks in Moscow in the first half of 2014. The three parties noted that the situation in Afghanistan, particularly in the run-up to 2014 had important bearing on regional peace and stability.
They reiterated support for an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and emphasised that the international community should support the country in developing its economy. In a regional context, the three parties agreed to strengthen the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Afghanistan.
Russian and Pakistani delegations expressed their support for China's hosting of the ministerial meeting of Istanbul Process in Tianjin in 2014.
During the dialogue, the Russian delegation was led by Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, special representative of the president of the Russian Federation for Afghanistan, and the Chinese delegation by Huang Xilian, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sohail Mahmood led the Pakistan side.