First Pakistan-China-Afghanistan foreign ministers' moot in Beijing today

First Pakistan-China-Afghanistan foreign ministers' moot in Beijing today

The White House has described the new Afghanistan plan as a "regional" strategy that aims to cultivate cooperation among other South Asian nations, including the overturning of Pakistan's harboring of elements of the Taliban.

"The successful implementation of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) projects will serve as a model for enhancing connectivity and cooperation through similar projects with neighbouring countries, including Afghanistan, Iran and with central and west Asia", he said. Pakistan will take practical action over the Afghan peace process, He said at the joint press conference.

Rabbani is now in Beijing to attend a three-way meeting with his Chinese and Pakistani foreign ministers.

The trilateral foreign ministers' meeting, the first of its kind, is scheduled in Beijing on Tuesday.

Earlier, on the sidelines of the Dialogue, Khawaja Asif had a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Mr Pence had aimed a jab at Pakistan, reiterating word for word Mr Trump's warning that it must stop offering cross-border safe havens to Taliban factions and terror groups fighting U.S. troops and their Afghan allies.

US leaders have also pressed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to increase their troop commitments in Afghanistan to help train and advise the Afghan forces and bolster the USA -led counterterrorism fight.

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"We will continue zero tolerance policy against terrorism", Salahuddin Rabbani expressed the resolve. He called on the two countries to build trust, enhance understanding and improve ties.

He briefed the committee on the links of these students with militancy in Pakistan on which the national security advisor said that there should be surveillance of all such students and on expiry of their visit visas they should be sent back to their homeland.

He said the dialogue aimed at promoting bilateral ties between the three countries and reiterated China would continue to maintain friendly ties with both the countries.

"Peace in Afghanistan is a need for Pakistan", he said.

Pence also received briefings from military leaders, including Gen. John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan.

Several rounds of meetings in the past few years between the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan failed to facilitate meaningful peace talks.

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