China aims to improve ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan

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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang praised Afghanistan's efforts for peace and gave his assurance of China's cooperation in the "Kabul Process", and of the country's "comprehensive support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process".

The Chinese foreign minister highlighted that counter terrorism was an important content of bilateral relations and expressed thanks to the Pakistani side for its firm support for China's fight against the violent terrorist group the "East Turkistan Islamic Movement".

At the invitation of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi visited Afghanistan and Pakistan on June 24-25.

The President congratulated the Chinese foreign minister on successfully holding the One Belt and One Road Forum and said that Pakistan stood with China in the promotion of this visionary initiative.

In response, Aziz said that Pakistan is willing to intensify communication and improve relations with the Afghan side and to support the political reconciliation process.

China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have already had discussions on issues concerning them on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held earlier this month. "It is also a challenge to global peace and stability", he added.

China is also anxious about the spread of Islamist militancy from lawless ethnic Pashtun lands along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, in particular the danger of members of its Uighur Muslim minority being radicalized there.

China has lately got increasingly involved in Afghanistan.

His visit is being undertaken when the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan are tense as both the Countries continue to blame each other for cross border attacks.

There was no immediate reaction from the Islamist insurgent group, which has repeatedly turned down peace talks with the Afghan government as long as the USA -led foreign forces are present in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan values Chinese positive role for sustainable peace and stability in Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

He said security of Chinese nationals working in Pakistan is the responsibility of the government and all out efforts are being made to arrest the culprits involved in abduction of two Chinese nationals.

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