Kabul: Foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China are expected to meet in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad over the weekend for trilateral talks focusing on the situation in Afghanistan, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
“Both the Afghan interim foreign minister and Chinese foreign minister are expected to reach Islamabad over the weekend for trilateral mechanism talks,” a Pakistani foreign ministry official told media.
According to the official, the final date for the trilateral talks was still being finalized and could take place this weekend or early next week.
This would be Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s first visit to its traditional-ally Pakistan since assuming office in December last year.
On Monday, a United Nations Security Council committee, following a request from Pakistan, allowed the Taliban’s interim foreign minister to travel to Pakistan to meet with Pakistani and Chinese counterparts.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan foreign ministry reported in a statement that an inclusive political and commercial delegation led by Foreign Minister Malavi Amir Khan Muttaqi will travel to Islamabad towards the end of this week.
It added that the the delegation will take part in “an inclusive discussion on bilateral political, commercial relation, regional stability, and transit between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”