China to carry out shuttle diplomacy for Pakistan, Afghanistan

China to carry out shuttle diplomacy for Pakistan, Afghanistan

A new air cargo corridor that allows India and Afghanistan to trade goods while bypassing Pakistan has been attacked by the media in China, which is a long-term ally of Islamabad.

Both sides are to discuss bilateral ties and the regional situation.

Afghanistan and Pakistan will also form a crisis management mechanism, which will include prevention through timely and effective intelligence and information-sharing, said the statement. The Chinese side would support this mechanism.

He added that China is willing to improve strategic communication and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with Pakistan in order to maintain the two countries' common interests.

"The three parties believe that peace and reconciliation is the fundamental solution to the Afghan issue, which could not be solved by violent means", he said.

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Ghani used the message, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, to call on armed opposition groups including the Taliban to join the peace process, if they were genuine Afghans concerned about the loss of innocent lives. It would have a great impact [on relationship between the two neighbours] in case of implementation, ' Dawn quoted Sharif as saying regarding frequent allegations levelled by Afghanistan against Pakistan.

On China-Pakistan ties, Wang said that Islamabad is Beijing's all-weather strategic cooperative partner and the relationship is a unique one.

Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-strong military force to protect Chinese nationals working on energy and infrastructure projects in the country, President Mamnoon Hussain said on Sunday, after the abduction of a Chinese couple raised safety concerns, Dawn News reported.

The state-run China Metallurgical Group Corp won a contract to develop Afghanistan's Mes Aynak copper mine in 2007 but the project has been mired in delays.

Meanwhile, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz reiterated that Pakistan wanted peaceful relations with all its neighbours including India.

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Talking about bilateral relations with China, Aziz said that "Pakistan's relations with China are the cornerstone of our foreign policy".

"We will conduct shuttle diplomacy to help improve relations between the two countries within our capacity and also to promote the peace process in Afghanistan", Geng said.

Ahead of his departure from Islamabad, the Chinese foreign minister told a press briefing that his shuttle diplomacy was aimed at mediating between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and help the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

The president underscored that Pakistan earnestly wished for establishment of peace in Afghanistan so that stability in the region could be maintained.

In this regard, he said Pakistan was grateful to China for its constructive proposals for promoting peace and harmony in the region.

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