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(2017-08-28) Chinese Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs Ambassador Deng Xijun called on the Foreign Secretary this afternoon. They discussed regional and international efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Deng Xijun reaffirmed China’s continuing and firm support to Pakistan’s commitment and efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Emphasizing that there was no military solution to the conflict, he underlined the need for a politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-led Afghan-owned peace process.

The Chinese Special Envoy lauded Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices made in the fight against terrorism. In this regard, he said Pakistan’s efforts towards eliminating the scourge of terrorism should be fully recognized by the international community.

The Foreign Secretary, while underlining the importance of Pakistan-China strategic partnership, emphasized the need of close cooperation and coordination between the two countries for promoting the shared objective of peace and stability in the region. In this regard, she expressed satisfaction at the productive deliberations held between the two sides during her recent visit to Beijing from 21-23 August 2017.

They agreed to strengthen cooperation in the ongoing efforts for facilitating peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan as well as promoting meaningful engagement between the three neighbourly countries.

28 August 2017

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