China, Pakistan agree to extend CPEC to Afghanistan


Beijing, Dec. 26 (TNS): China and Pakistan are looking to extend the fifty-seven billion dollars CPEC to Afghanistan, state media reported on Tuesday.

This was stated by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a joint news conference after first Trilateral meeting of Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, Afghanistan and China in Beijing on Tuesday.

Wang said China hoped the economic corridor would benefit the whole region and act as an impetus for development.

He said China fully supported peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban and would continue to provide necessary facilitation”.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said his country and China are iron brothers but did not directly mention the prospect of Afghanistan joining the corridor.

He said the successful implementation of CPEC projects will serve as a model for enhancing connectivity and cooperation through similar projects with neighboring countries, including Afghanistan, Iran and with central and west Asia.