Press Releases (29)
Joint Press Release of the 3rd Round China -Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue
July 7, 2020,
The 3rd round China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue was held via video link. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Nab and Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood co-chaired the dialogue.
The three sides conducted in-depth discussions and reached consensus on cooperation against COVID-19, the Afghan peace and reconciliation process, and trilateral cooperation.
The three sides attach great importance to the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation and would continue to vigorously implement the outcome of the 3rd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue. The three sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening communication and coordination and enhancing mutual trust and cooperation under the trilateral cooperation mechanism.
The three sides agreed to further the cooperation against COVID-19, call on the international community to jointly prevent discrimination and stigma, support the World Health Organization's leading role in coordinating global COVID-19 response, promote international cooperation on joint prevention and control, and safeguard public health security in the region and beyond.
China and Pakistan appreciated the efforts by the Afghanistan government and relevant parties in expediting the exchange of the prisoners to pave the way for the start of the Intra-Afghan Negotiations and call for violence reduction and humanitarian ceasefire. China and Pakistan will enhance cooperation with the Afghan government in support of the “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” peace reconciliation process, the launch of Intra-Afghan Negotiations at an early date, support the preservation of the gains since 2001, and looked forward to the early restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to further strengthen dialogue and work for continuous improvement of bilateral relations including through the effective implementation of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). China will continue to play a constructive role in improving Afghanistan-Pakistan relations.
The three sides agreed that the return of Afghan refugees should be part of peace and reconciliation process and underlined the role of international community for a time-bound and well-resourced roadmap for the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour.
The three sides urged for an orderly, responsible and condition based withdraw of the foreign troops from Afghanistan to avoid potential terrorist resurgence. The three sides agreed to continue to strengthen counter-terrorism and security cooperation, combat the “East Turkistan Islamic Movement”, and all other terrorist forces and networks posing threats to our common security.
The three sides expressed readiness to carry out trilateral practical cooperation in flexible manners, and keep exploring new fields of cooperation, with a view to accumulating outcomes for the 4th China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue.
Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Regarding the Recent Remarks of the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
KABUL – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan submitted a formal protest of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Government of Pakistan through the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in regards with the recent remarks of the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemned the recent remarks made by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on the domestic affairs of Afghanistan.
The Government of Afghanistan believes that relying on policies of good-neighborliness, Pakistan needs to take practical steps towards enhancing bilateral ties in various areas and refrain from making such irresponsible statements regarding the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
Such statements can only lead to creating an environment of distrust and cannot be effective in enhancing the relationship between the two countries. Unless and until such statements are avoided, taking effective steps towards consolidating bilateral relations will not be feasible.
KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expresses its sever objection and deepest concern over the summoning of the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Islamabad, by Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and the misconduct of the entity's personnel, and deems this action in clear contradiction with diplomatic norms and principles.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, once again calls on the Pakistani Government to align its diplomatic relations with Afghanistan in compliance with international conventions and accepted diplomatic norms.
In connection with the security concern of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Kabul that has led to the closure of the Embassy's consulate section, as expressed in a statement of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan states that the Government of Afghanistan shall seriously investigate this claim and provides assurance that the Government of Afghanistan is committed to providing safety to the diplomats of Pakistan as well as other diplomats in the country.
KABUL – The Torkham crossing in order to further help patients and facilitate trade between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will operate round the clock.
The Afghan Government, appreciating Pakistan’s act on its commitment regarding round the clock operationalization of Torkham crossing, as always, emphasizes its stance on not recognizing the Durand Line as an official border between the two countries.
Press Release by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Regarding Recent Remarks Made by Pakistani Ambassador to USA
KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan deems irresponsible the assertion made by Pakistani Ambassador to the United States as, Asad Majeed Khan, that the ongoing tensions in Kashmir could potentially affect the Peace Process in Afghanistan.
Linking the tensions in Kashmir to the Peace Process in Afghanistan shows sinister intention towards peacemaking in Afghanistan.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasizing the good neighborhood and resolving regional challenges through talks wants Pakistan’s sincerity in its committed actions for helping in Afghanistan’ s Peace Process.