First Pakistan-China-Afghanistan foreign ministers' moot in Beijing today

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China, in particular, thanked Pakistan and Afghanistan for supporting Beijing's fight against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and other groups.

The three officials discussed ways to encourage economic and security cooperation.

The understanding was reached when foreign ministers of three Countries including Khawaja Asif, Wang Yi and Salahuddin Rabbani met in Beijing on Tuesday as part of Trilateral China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue. "This is fully in accordance with our common interests, and is a good thing for us".

"We're here to see this through", Pence told Ghani and Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at the presidential palace in Kabul, arriving after a helicopter ride through smoky, dark skies surrounding Afghanistan's capital.

"We called on Taliban to join the peace process and Pakistan has announced their support for peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government".

"We will continue zero tolerance policy against terrorism", Salahuddin Rabbani expressed the resolve. "Extremism must not be active in this region", he noted.

In the latest meeting of intra-provincial committee secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs raised the issue of Afghan students studying in various seminaries based in the country.

"As the President said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists", he added.

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Pakistan rejects accusations of having ties to insurgents and cites its "unprecedented" national counterterrorism gains as its resolve against the menace of terrorism. He said the administration was pouring resources into the military to help them prevent terror attacks on USA soil.

"This meeting is a different one - it was the initiative of the Chinese President".

"We welcome China's step for trilateral meeting", Khawaja Asif said.

"We saw two days ago that the Vice President of the United States has the gall, has the audacity to say that he puts Pakistan on notice".

The minister further said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan, adding that restoration of peace in the region is our common goal. President Xi Jinping has sought to present China as a responsible alternative to the United States, shifting from a longstanding policy of keeping a low profile in global affairs.

Earlier, on the sidlelines of the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, who was also heading Pakistan in the meeting, had a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, according to Radio Pakistan.

The three countries agreed to establish the mechanism during Wang's visit to Kabul and Islamabad in June.

Wang said the goal of the talks is to establish a communication platform for Afghanistan and Pakistan and strengthen the trilateral cooperation.

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