Chinese FM calls for crisis-management mechanism between Pakistan, Afghanistan

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and stability with neighbouring Afghanistan.

He said according to these proposals Pakistan, Afghanistan and China have agreed to conduct Foreign Ministers dialogue to discuss all aspects of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations with special focus on economic cooperation.

President Mamnoon Hussain Sunday expressed the hope that China's honest efforts would bring permanent peace and stability in the region and assured that Pakistan would continue to fully cooperate in this regard. "The protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan is the top priority of the government", the president said.

Bouquets of flowers were presented to the Chinese delegation.

The Chinese minister, who was received at the airport by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, started his visit with talks at the Foreign Office with Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz.

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He said it is also agreed that a bilateral crisis management mechanism between Afghanistan and Pakistan will also be established.

The President said China's serious efforts to maintain stability in Afghanistan and the region were the manifestation of their sincerity. It is also a challenge to global peace and stability.

Wang highlighted the smooth development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying it has gained important early achievements which brought tangible benefits to Pakistani people, adding that China will work together with the Pakistani side to push forward the construction of CPEC. He said that Pakistan has always supported China on all issues and they were grateful for this support.

"The move would enable the two sides to maintain timely and effective communication in case of any emergencies, including terrorist attacks, with a view to seeking proper solution through dialogue and consultation and preventing deterioration of the situation which might have negative effects on the bilateral relationship", read a joint statement communique.

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.

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