BEIJING – China on Friday defended Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts, following President Donald Trump’s accusation that Islamabad harbors militants attacking US and Afghan troops.
Addressing a joint press conference along with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the government and people of Pakistan have made huge sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and such efforts and sacrifices are there for everyone to see.
He said that the international community should recognize that… and give Pakistan the full credit it deserves.
The Chinese FM said that peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, China and the entire region, adding that China would cooperate with Pakistan in defense and regional stability.
Wang Yi said that first trilateral meeting between Pakistan, China and Afghanistan will be held in China before the end of this year to encompassing strategic communication, security dialogue and practical cooperation.
On the occasion, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said it is Pakistan’s firm view that maintaining regional security is a “critical” priority and focus should remain on peaceful solutions.
He also thanked Beijing for its role in hosting a trilateral Afghanistan-China-Pakistan foreign ministers’ forum, which is expected to take place before the end of this year.
Referring to the US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, Khawaja Asif said peace and stability in Afghanistan remains critical for peace and security of the region.
He said: “It is our firm view that focus should be on politically-negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict.”
The minister said Pakistan and China have close counter terrorism cooperation and Pakistan shares Beijing’s strong position on three evils of terrorism.
“Pakistan’s comprehensive and all out law-enforcement actions under Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad against all terrorist groups including East Turkistan Islamic Movement have yielded positive results, he said”