|Joint Statement of the Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue|
On June 3, 2021, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Haneef Atmar, and Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi held the Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue via video link.
The three sides commended the progress in trilateral cooperation since the Third Dialogue held in Islamabad on September 7, 2019, and underscored their readiness to further deepen and expand their cooperation in the peace, political, economic, connectivity, security, counter-terrorism and other areas, and jointly promote peace, stability and development of the three countries and the region.
The three sides reaffirmed their commitments to strengthening political mutual trust, enhancing exchanges and communication, and forging closer-good neighborly relations and partnership. China emphasized its readiness to continue to play a constructive role in facilitating the improvement of relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The three sides reaffirmed that they will deepen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, Regional Economic Cooperation Conference (RECCA), "Heart of Asia" Istanbul Process(HoA/IP) and other regional economic initiatives. The three sides commended the progress made by Afghanistan in the area of connectivity and in carrying out trades through Gwadar Port, and other seaports in the region, and expressed readiness to further tap cooperation potential to raise the level of connectivity among the three countries and in the region.
The three sides agreed to advance practical cooperation in a flexible way alongside routine COVID control, implement the refrigeration storage and other livelihood facility projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan at an early date, expand cooperation among the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of the three countries, and carry out exchange and training programs in the fields of public health, connectivity, agricultural disaster reduction, youth exchanges, cultural relics and archaeology. They agreed that as a long-term objective, and as the next logical progression in the trilateral cooperation, larger-scale projects in infrastructure and development including railway will also be considered at an opportune time. The three sides also agreed to continue to strengthen cooperation and jointly tackle COVID-19.
The three sides reaffirmed that they will jointly fight terrorism in all its forms and underscored that it is important to reject "double standards" in counter-terrorism, not let any terrorist organization or individual use their respective territories for activities against other countries, and redouble joint efforts against the ETIM, TTP and Daesh and any other terrorist group. The three sides welcomed the positive progress made in the first batch of projects under the trilateral MOU on Cooperation in Counter-terrorism, and will continue to advance the related work.
The three sides agreed to follow up on the consensus of this Dialogue through the trilateral Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, the Vice-Ministerial Consultation on Counter-Terrorism and Security, and the Director-General Level Practical Cooperation Dialogue.
The Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan thanked China for its efforts in successfully holding the Fourth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue via video link. The three sides agreed to hold an in-person trilateral Foreign Ministers' Dialogue at an early date when the COVID situation permits.