Chinese Foreign Minister welcomed by Punjab CM at Islamabad airport

Indo-Pak matters have to be resolved bilaterally, says MEA

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi voiced support for an "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process" to end the decades-old conflict in the country during his unannounced trip to Kabul on Saturday.

"Besides Afghanistan in the context of regional cooperation for security and development, both sides will also review state of bilateral relations", the Spokesperson said in reference to the Chinese foreign minister's visit to Pakistan.

Wang also said that China supported the two sides in seeking to establish a crisis managing mechanism as quickly as possible so as to properly deal with contingencies and to form a trilateral meeting system among foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to enhance dialogue and cooperation in all areas.

He said the future of Pak-China friendship was bright and this friendship would stand forever.

Bouquets of flowers were presented to the Chinese delegation.

On arrival, he met with Afghan acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and number of other officials where they discussed the agreements forged between the Afghan and Chinese presidents at Shanghai Summit in Astana earlier this month.

China has stated it will cooperate with Pakistani authorities to investigate whether the two Chinese citizens - who were allegedly killed by the Islamic State group in the country - had been illegally preaching.

The "crisis management mechanism" would enable the two sides to maintain timely and effective communications in the event of any emergencies, including terrorist attacks, allowing the two sides to resolve them through dialogue and consultation, said a joint statement Yi released at a news conference with Pakistani foreign policy adviser, Sartaj Aziz.

Pakistan and China have agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation and coordination in dealing with the common challenges to peace and security.

The President said China's serious efforts to maintain stability in Afghanistan and the region were the manifestation of their sincerity.

The President emphasized that Pakistan was committed towards friendly relations with all of its neighbours and also wanted peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues with India, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chinese foreign minister, on behalf of the three countries, also called call on the Taliban to join the Afghan reconciliation process.

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