China, Pakistan agree solution to Afghan conflict has to be political: Khawaja Asif

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Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif arrived in China on Friday at the start of his regional outreach for consultations on the new US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Addressing a joint press conference after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, Asif said that the two countries agreed that the solution to the Afghan conflict has to be fundamentally political and that there is no military solution to the issue.

He appreciated China’s efforts in ending the Afghan conflict, saying that Pakistan and China can together contribute to a political solution to the conflict.
Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign minister said Pakistan and China stand together in the changing regional and global scenario.

“China supports Pakistan in safeguarding its national sovereignty and dignity,” he said.

He said peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, China and the entire region.

“We reaffirmed that only the advancement of the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process is the viable way out to address the Afghan issue.”

Stressing the need to intensity trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, Yi said his country stands ready to support the improvement of relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

After his China visit, Asif will travel to Iran. He has also planned meetings with Russian and Turkish leaders.

Both Moscow and Beijing have criticised the US position on Pakistan and have insisted that Pakistan’s importance for peace in Afghanistan and its sacrifices in the fight against terrorism need to be recognised.

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