China, Pakistan Promises to Stand beside Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism

During the fifth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue held in Islamabad, leaders from China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan pledged to enhance their cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi were in attendance at the meeting. In addition, the leaders expressed their opposition to the imposition of illegal unilateral sanctions against Afghanistan.

The trilateral relationship between China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan was the topic of discussion during the recent meeting of the foreign ministers of these nations. The ministers covered several aspects of their relationship, including building mutual trust, enhancing security cooperation, promoting trade and investment, and strengthening counter-terrorism efforts. The topic of sanctions on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was also addressed, with the three ministers opposing any interference in the country’s internal affairs. They stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan and pledged to take actions that support this goal.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang recently made a speech in which he emphasized the importance of international collaboration in combating terrorism and voiced opposition to terrorism in all its manifestations. Additionally, Gang reaffirmed China’s support for regional multilateral terrorism-fighting conferences. He also asked Afghanistan and Pakistan to take action to protect Chinese workers and projects while they are on their own soil.

The interim Afghan government received support from China and Pakistan in the war against terrorism, and the Afghan minister pledged cooperation in this area and vowed to prevent his nation from being used as a base for terrorist attacks against either China or Pakistan.

It should be mentioned that Afghanistan Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi was traveling to Islamabad on an exemption despite being subject to a travel ban by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). A month ago, the Chinese foreign ministry said that it “welcomes Afghanistan’s participation in Belt and Road cooperation and supports Afghanistan’s integration into regional economic cooperation and connectivity”.

The time of Muttaqi’s visit to Pakistan saw a sharp rise in violent incidents in the Balochistan region in the southwest and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest, both of which are close to Afghanistan.