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China, Pakistan take swipes at Trump's Afghan policy

Pak's efforts to eliminate terrorism should be recognised by international community, says Wang Yi

ANI  |  Beijing 

Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Wang Yi
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Photo: AP/ PTI

has lauded China's "constructive role" in the process for a politically negotiated settlement of the conflict.

Addressing a joint press conference after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that the two countries are in favour of a political solution for the conflict and not military.

Asif, who arrived in on Friday, appreciated China's "constructive role" in the process for a politically negotiated settlement of the conflict, saying that and can together contribute to a political solution to the conflict.

He is in as a part of his regional outreach for consultations on the new US policy on and South Asia

"strongly adheres to one-policy: We support on its core issues of Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and South Sea," the Dawn quoted Asif as saying.

He said Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad have yielded positive results against terrorist groups including East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

He added that ETIM is a threat not only for but also to

had repeatedly blamed ETIM for carrying out attacks in its far western region of Xinjiang.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Minister reaffirmed Beijing's continuous and firm support for in war against terrorism, saying that both the countries stand together in the changing regional and global scenario.

"supports in safeguarding its national sovereignty and dignity," he said.

Emphasising on trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, and China, Wang said his country wants improved relations between Islamabad and Kabul and is also ready to support both the sides.

He said peace in remains in the interest of both countries.

Wang further said that China, and will hold new high-level talks this year to push forward for settlement negotiations to resolve issue.

Wang said that Pakistan's efforts to eliminate terrorism should be recognised by the community.

"When it comes to the issue of counterterrorism, has done its best with a clear conscience. In comparison, some countries need to give the full credit that it deserves," he said.

Wang's statement in favour of come days after the BRICS declaration that named militant groups allegedly based in as a regional security concern.

BRICS leaders had recently unveiled the Xiamen Declaration in which member countries unequivocally condemned terrorism in all of its forms and manifestations and called upon all states to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating the menace, including countering radicalisation, recruitment, and movement of terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters.

The Xiamen BRICS Declaration signed by the BRICS members specifically stated, "BRICS express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir."

"BRICS deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. We reaffirm that those responsible for committing, organising, or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable," it added.

Asif will travel to Iran after completing his visit. He is also expected to meet Russian and Turkish leaders in coming days.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 18:42 IST
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