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'Foreign ministers of China, Pakistan, Afghanistan to hold talks in 2017'

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during a press conference

IANS  |  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

The of China, Pakistan, and will hold their first trilateral talks within this year, Chinese Foreign Minister said on Friday.

Wang made the remarks during a press conference after a meeting with visiting Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said and are important countries in the region and he hoped the two nations could work together to safeguard stability in the region.

attaches great importance to the relations with and Afghanistan, and actively helps the two countries narrow their differences and enhance mutual trust. It is also exploring opportunities to develop cooperation among the three countries, Wang said.

Through consultations, the three countries' will hold their first trilateral talks this year, Wang said, adding that they will focus on strategic communication, practical cooperation and security dialogue.

On the issue, Wang said terrorism is a global problem and all countries should work together to solve it.

He said has always been a victim of terrorism and an important participant in cooperation and the world should recognise the efforts and sacrifice made by the Pakistani government and its people.

During the meeting with Asif, Wang said and are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and supports Pakistan's efforts to uphold sovereignty, fight terrorism and safeguard national security.

On his part, Asif said will always firmly support on issues concerning China's core interests, including issues related to Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and the South Sea.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 21:22 IST
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