China to Host Third Regional Meeting on Afghanistan

The third meeting of foreign ministers of regional countries on Afghanistan will be held in China by the end of March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Hafiz Zia Ahmad, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Twitter on Tuesday that acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in his meeting with China’s ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu discussed bilateral relations as well as the upcoming regional meeting on Afghanistan in China.

“The meeting focused on enhanced relations between both countries, political and economic issues as well as the convening and participation in the regional foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in China at the end of this month,” Ahmad said, adding Muttaqi will attend the meeting. “Minister Muttaqi said he would attend the meeting, expressing optimism about a favorable outcome for Afghanistan.”

Previously, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also said his country is preparing for the third foreign ministers' meeting among the neighboring countries of Afghanistan. Wang said on Monday that his country is willing to contribute to the durable stability and security in Afghanistan.

The first meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s six neighboring countries included Iran, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan and was hosted by Pakistan in September last year.

The second meeting of the foreign ministers of the reginal countries was held in Iran last October in which the participants issued a joint statement and called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.