Afghan, Chinese and Pakistani flags are placed at the lobby in Beijing. File photo/Reuters
Pakistan is hosting the third round of trilateral talks with Afghanistan and China to cover trade, counterterrorism and ending Afghanistan’s 18-year war.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday that talks are happening at a key moment in the US-led effort to negotiate peace in Afghanistan.
Qureshi said regional and Pakistani security will rely on ending the fighting in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement that the foreign ministers of the three countries will also discuss cooperating in economic development.
The forum was established in two years ago, and earlier meetings were held in Beijing and Kabul in 2017 and 2018.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have discussed a planned meeting in Beijing that would include Afghan figures and Taliban representatives.
In a tweet, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: "In line with new National Security Policy, through which Pakistan declared geo-economics as the core of its national security doctrine, the government has decided to allow permanent residency scheme for foreign nationals."
The visit came as the Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks in Afghanistan, striking in northern Baghlan and southern Uruzgan province late on Tuesday and early Wednesday.
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