China expressed satisfaction over trilateral dialogue


Beijing, Dec. 27 (TNS): China on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the first China-Afghanistan-Pakistani foreign ministerial dialogue and observed it would help improve relations, build mutual trust and promote cooperation, state-run media reported.

“China is satisfied with the outcome of this dialogue. In particular, we are very pleased that this dialogue will help improve relations, build mutual trust and promote cooperation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson, Hua Chunying said during her regular briefing.

She said Pakistan and Afghanistan were China’s traditional friendly neighbors and strategic partners and added that the three countries were closely linked with each other and shared common interests.

The spokesperson opined that it was quite natural and necessary for the three neighboring countries to step up dialogue and cooperation.

At present, Afghanistan was in a critical transition period, and Pakistan had entered a crucial period of stability and development.

China, she said, was actively promoting the development of the ‘Belt and Road’ and considered Afghanistan an important cooperative partner and was willing to make active efforts in stability, security and development in Afghanistan and the region.

Hua Chunying said China, Afghanistan and Pakistan had stepped up dialogue and cooperation in line with the common interests of the three parties and also helped to maintain regional peace and stability.