Pakistan, China and Afghanistan trilateral dialogue on Afghan peace process is a positive development towards regional peace and stability as all three parties have agreed to continue their joint efforts for building political mutual trust and supporting reconciliation, regional peace and stability, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as key areas of the trilateral cooperation.
The three sides noted with satisfaction the progress made under the trilateral cooperation since the 2nd Dialogue held in Kabul last year and reiterated resolve to further deepen various strands of trilateral cooperation.
Optimism prevails right now among all three countries intra-Afghan negotiations including direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban begin soon and lead to full cessation of violence bringing lasting peace for the people of Afghanistan. However, there is dire need for an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process leading to a comprehensive agreement for durable peace and stability in the country.
However, another crucial development of cancellation of President Trump’s meeting with the Taliban and Afghan Government representatives in Camp David is a matter of grave concern for all the stakeholder of Afghan peace process. This development may maroon the efforts of all three countries for bringing about peace and tranquility in Afghanistan.
On our part, it is quite evident that Pakistan has called on all sides for restraint and commitment to pursue the process. Pakistan has been facilitating the peace and reconciliation process in good faith and as a shared responsibility, and has encouraged all sides to remain engaged with sincerity and patience.