Pakistan will receive senior diplomats from the US, China and Russia in Islamabad on Thursday to discuss the situation in neighboring Afghanistan
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Beijing: China said on Wednesday it will attend an Afghanistan meeting called by its all-weather ally Pakistan after skipping an Indian-organized security dialogue over the situation in the war-torn country, citing “planning reasons”.
Pakistan will host senior diplomats from the US, China and Russia in Islamabad on Thursday to discuss the situation in neighboring Afghanistan. The Troika Plus meeting will be attended by special representatives from all four countries, Dawn newspaper reported.
Asked whether China would attend the meeting in Islamabad, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a media briefing here that “China supports Pakistan in organizing the expanded troika meeting”.
“We support all efforts conducive to stability in Afghanistan to build consensus in the world,” he said, adding that China’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiao Yong, will attend the Pakistan-organized meeting.
On Tuesday, Wang said that due to “planning reasons” China will not attend the security dialogue on Afghanistan convened by India. He said that in response, China has informed the Indian side.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval chaired an eight-country dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday, attended by officials from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
All-weather allies China and Pakistan followed a coordinated policy after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, supported the Afghan militant group and gained international recognition for its interim government.