China and Pakistan on Friday appreciated the efforts made by the Afghan government and the Taliban to initiate the intra-Afghan negotiations.
It came as a part of a joint statement issued after talks between China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Hainan, China, as part of the second round of the China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue.
Both sides emphasized the importance of an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive negotiated agreement for a future political settlement in Afghanistan and urged for the talks to start soon.
Reaffirming their commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, both the sides encouraged relevant parties in Afghanistan to seize this historic opportunity and commence the intra-Afghan negotiations at the earliest leading to durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.
“China appreciated Pakistan’s positive contribution to the Afghan peace process and efforts for promoting peace and stability in region and beyond,” said the statement.
The two partners also agreed to strengthen cooperation on the Afghan issue.