Pakistan will stay away from the regional NSA meeting in Delhi and will host a separate meeting on Afghanistan, which will be attended on Thursday by diplomats from the US, China, Russia and acting Taliban foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.
According to Pakistani daily Express Tribune, Islamabad will receive them “as part of diplomatic efforts to pave the way for the international community’s recognition of the Taliban government”.
Beijing has also skipped the NSA meeting in Delhi, but will head to Islamabad for the “extended troika” meeting.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing in Beijing 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. China’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiao Yong, will attend the meeting hosted by Pakistan.
A statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the visit was a follow-up to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Kabul on October 21.
Talks will focus on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, focusing on enhanced trade, facilitation of transit trade, cross-border traffic, land and air links, people-to-people contacts and regional connectivity.
“Given the prevailing situation, Pakistan has urged the international community to provide urgent humanitarian and economic assistance to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people,” the statement from Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.
Pakistan did not attend the Delhi meeting. Last week, Pakistani National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf said he would not attend, targeting India saying “a spoiler cannot be a peacemaker”.
China, on the other hand, had attended the two previous NSA meetings in Iran, but this time called it “schedule problems” to indicate that it would not participate. Beijing told Delhi it is “open to liaising with India on Afghanistan through bilateral or multilateral channels”.