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MoFA hopes Xi Jinping’s trip would help Afghan peace process

Kabul hails Chinese president visit to Islamabad

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi

KABUL:Welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said the meetings between Chinese and Pakistani leaders would help the Afghan peace process.

Spokesman of the foreign ministry Ahmad ShekibMustaghni in his weekly press conference said that Kabul is expectingthat Islamabad would take practical steps now to help the Afghan-led peace process. He said the Pakistani officials should honor their promises regarding the Afghan peace process.

Mustaghni said the entire region and international community had already supported the Afghan-owned peace process as stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in the larger interest of the regional and world countries.

He said that China as a close friend of Afghanistan has wholeheartedly supported peaceefforts of Afghansand was eager to contribute more in this regard. “Therefore, we hope that Pakistan will take practical steps to help the reconciliation process after talks with the Chinese leadership,” he said.

According to Pakistani media, Beijing has asked Islamabad to increase trade activities with Kabul. China also urged Pakistan to play vibrant role in the Afghan peace process as insurgency was threatening major projects and its investment in the region.

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