Terror safe havens in Afghanistan, no such enclaves exist in Pakistan: Lodhi

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Several rounds of meetings in the past few years between the US, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan failed to facilitate meaningful peace talks.

China, being the common neighbour and friend of the both countries, has always supported friendly cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan, she added. In June this year, he had travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to push forward the peace process.

Rabbani is now in Beijing to attend a three-way meeting with his Chinese and Pakistani foreign ministers.

The first of its kind Afghanistan-China-Pakistan trilateral talks at foreign ministers level are being held in Beijing today (Tuesday).

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"The Chinese side hopes that through this dialogue, the three countries can build up consensus, enhance mutual trust, promote the improvement of Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, enhance trilateral cooperation and jointly stay committed to the peace, stability and development of this region".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif Saturday hit out at US Vice President Mike Pence who during his surprise visit to Kabul issued a warning to Pakistan that it has much to lose by harbouring "criminals and terrorists".

US leaders have also pressed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to increase their troop commitments in Afghanistan to help train and advise the Afghan forces and bolster the USA -led counterterrorism fight.

Pakistan had extended a lot of cooperation with the United States on different occasions in the past, he said, noting, however, that it had to face huge losses instead of receiving benefits.

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Asif said Islamabad had given some suggestions to Kabul for improving and enhancing bilateral ties between the two, but the response is awaited.

Khawaja Asif said while expressing his views that terrorism is increasing in the region with the passage of time, and militants and non-state actors are a threat to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

President Trump further added that the United States seek a Pakistan that is not engaged in estabilizing behavior and a stable and self-reliant Afghanistan. Topics of common interests and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project remained under discussion in the sitting.

Wang said the meeting was aimed to set up a communication platform for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Beijing's leaders have also boosted economic and trade ties with Afghanistan, Xinhua reported.

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