Beijing Hosts First Trilateral Between, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China
A first of its kind trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China is convening in Beijing today.
The three agreed to establish a trilateral dialogue during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the two countries in June.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif of Pakistan and Afghanistan's Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani will head delegations to the dialogue.
"China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as three neighbours, will naturally try to strengthen cooperation amongst each other," Hua Chunying, spokesman for Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday. "This is fully in accordance with our common interests, and is a good thing for us."
According to Chunying, the three countries will have in-depth discussions on mutual political trust and reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, and security cooperation and counter-terrorism.
This may be the first time the three countries come together on a ministerial level, but they've held several rounds of counter-terrorism talks before. The last was November in Beijing, where all the three agreed that they should step up cooperation on counter-terrorism and security.