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Afghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror Cooperation

China, Pakistan and Afghanistan signed a trilateral understanding Saturday to enhance counterterrorism security cooperation, and collectively reiterated their call for the Taliban insurgency to join Afghan peace talks. The foreign ministers of the three countries met in Afghanistan's capital city, Kabul, for a second round of talks, where they put the understanding into effect and also pledged to jointly work for regional connectivity, as well as economic development. Beijing initiated the platform and hosted the inaugural meeting last year with a mission to help ease tensions and suspicions that have long plagued Afghanistan's relationship with Pakistan.  Critics say the tensions have hampered the effort to fight terrorism and promote regional peace, as well as economic connectivity. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a joint news conference after the meeting that his country will continue diplomatic efforts to help improve Kabul's strained relations with Islamabad to further Beijing's mission of regional peace and development. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi noted terrorist entities — such as Islamic State (IS), the anti-China East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) — threaten regional peace and could only be defeated through joint efforts. Chinese officials worry that continued Afghan instability could encourage ETIM to foment problems in the western Xinjiang region, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan. "We signed today an MoU [memorandum of understanding] on counterterrorism and security. This is a step forward and I think it will help us achieve what we collectively want to achieve," Qureshi told reporters. He emphasized that Pakistan is making efforts to promote a reconciliation process in Afghanistan, but he said it is up to Afghans themselves to decide how they want to achieve a political settlement to the war. Afghan officials allege that Pakistan allows Taliban leaders to hide in the neighboring country... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Afghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror Cooperation, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Afghanistan, China and Pakistan Ink Deal to Enhance Counterterror Cooperation

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 15 December

 

 

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