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Pakistan, China to work closely for Afghan peace

Pakistan and China have agreed to work closely for pushing forward the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

This was stated by recently appointed China’s Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs, Ambassador Sun Yuxi while briefing a group of Chinese and Pakistan journalists at a local hotel about his recent visit to Kabul here on Sunday.

Referring to his meeting with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry held yesterday, he said it was very productive. They enjoyed a similar position on peace efforts and wish work together at all levels.

He said Pakistan is most reliable friend of China and important stake-holder in the efforts of bringing peace and stability in the region. “Both the countries support all efforts for a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan,” he said and added that China also ready to work with world community including Pakistan for providing support and assistance to Afghan government for reconstruction and economic development. “Chinese business community is ready to invest in Afghanistan,” he added.

The Special Envoy appreciated Pakistan’s contribution to global efforts against terrorism. To a question, he lauded Pakistan’s contribution toward counter-terrorism, adding that Pakistan’s security forces made enormous sacrifices, losing precious lives in fighting out terrorism. Pakistan, he said has a very crucial and important role, bringing normalcy in the region, crushing terrorist activities.

He further said China needs Pakistan support in its efforts of carrying forward peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process in Afghanistan. Ambassador Sun Yuxi who took over as special envoy of his country on Afghan affairs couple of weeks back, said he held very fruitful meetings with the Afghan President Hamid Karzai and two Presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani during his recent visit to Afghanistan.

They appreciated China’s role in the region and expressed their desire to participate in the forthcoming Afghan Istanbul process foreign ministers’ meeting, being hosted by China. The meeting which was scheduled to take place in August has now been postponed for about two months, till the formation of new government in Afghanistan.

Sun, a career diplomat further said that China is looking forward to working with Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace talks. China wished that the future course of action in all sphere of life in Afghanistan should be decided by their Afghan people themselves.

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