Pakistan agrees to promote trilateral cooperation with Afghanistan, China

Pakistan agrees to promote trilateral cooperation with Afghanistan, China

Islamabad (Staff Report): Beijing on Saturday has successfully held the first round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Practical Cooperation Dialogue, at which the trio discussed trilateral cooperation in a friendly atmosphere and agreed to promote practical measures for cooperation, said the Foreign Office of Pakistan.

According to FO Pakistan, Director General Mansoor Ahmad Khan from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director General Xiao Qian from Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director General Khalid Payenda of Afghan Ministry of Finance co-chaired the dialogue.

The FO said in a statement that the three sides noted that trilateral cooperation among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China is conducive to peace, stability and development of Afghanistan and the region. The three countries appreciated the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and its benefits for promoting regional connectivity.

The statement further added that they agreed to enhance the practical cooperation in various fields to promote mutual benefit and regional economic integration under the framework of the One Belt and One Road initiative, agreeing to organise workshops, seminars and different forums.

the statement read that China and Pakistan will explore trilateral cooperation in areas of infrastructure, energy, education, health, agriculture, human resource training and capacity building based on the needs of Afghanistan and according to China and Pakistan's respective assistance programmes for Afghanistan.

The three sides highly appreciated the outcome of discussions and agreed to make the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Practical Cooperation Dialogue a regular forum.