Islamabad: While addressing a joint news conference along with his Chinese and Afghan counterparts after trilateral dialogue in Kabul on Saturday Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called for a joint strategy to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the region.
According to Radio Pakistan, Qureshi noted that only through collective efforts objectives of peace and development could be achieved in the region amid wiping out the terrorism.
Realizing the importance of peace and stability in Afghanistan, Qureshi said, “we all want peace and stability in Afghanistan”. He said Pakistan will benefit the most from the peace and stability of the neighbouring country.
Reiterating for Pakistan cooperation to bring all the Afghan groups to the table of negotiations, Foreign minister Qureshi said it is up to the Afghans themselves as to how they want to achieve the goal of peace.
Condemning terrorism and all its forms and manifestations, Qureshi said he is visiting Kabul to bridge the trust deficit.
In his remarks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said both Afghanistan and Pakistan are friends of China and his country will extend every possible cooperation to build trust and confidence between the two countries.
He said his country will also assist in establishing connectivity projects including a rail line between Peshawar-Kabul and Kandahar.
The Chinese Foreign Minister said the Afghan reconciliation process can be taken forward by bringing the Taliban to the table of negotiations.
Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said Pakistan has an important role for peace in Afghanistan. He said peace in his country is vital for peace and security of the entire region. He said eradication of terrorism will pave the way for economic development and job creation.
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