December 16, 2018

Kabul- Afghanistan, China and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on counter-terrorism and agreed to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) on Saturday.

“The move may lead to sabotage from India in order to destroy the implementation of BRI in Pakistan,” warned Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of International Relations.

The MoU was signed during the Second China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue that was held in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.

The three sides vowed to enhance dialogue on counter-terrorism policies and push forward pragmatic counter-terrorism cooperation.

Amid important opportunities in Afghanistan’s reconciliation process, the three sides are willing to strengthen coordination and push for the Taliban’s early return to the negotiation table and reintegration into mainstream politics, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was cited as saying at a press conference after the dialogue by Xinhua.

The first trilateral foreign ministers’ dialogue was held in December 2017 in Beijing.

Li noted that China upholds the win-win strategy and its principle of “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” in promoting the reconciliation process in accordance with the country’s own will with regards to the issue, which is a major reason for the smooth proceeding of the trilateral dialogue.

US President Donald Trump’s envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is contacting many top Taliban figures, trying to peacefully end the war so Trump can pull the plug on current American military operations in Afghanistan well before the US presidential election in November 2020, NBC News reported in November.

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