Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that his country was hosting a key trilateral dialogue with China and Afghanistan at a crucial time for the region.

Adding it would provide an opportunity to highlight the joint efforts made by the three countries to enhance political cooperation and facilitate the Afghan peace and reconciliation process since the last round in Kabul.

“The Foreign Ministers of China Afghanistan and Pakistan are holding this dialogue to promote cooperation among the three countries on issues of mutual interest, especially on economic development, peace and security,” he said while talking to the media at the Noor Khan Airbase after receiving his Chinese Counterpart, Wang Yi.

“The trilateral dialogue has tremendous significance and will result in political confidence building, development cooperation and promotion of relations.”

Qureshi said that peace in Afghanistan would help the whole region, adding that Pakistan’s own internal security was also contingent on the situation in Afghanistan.

“If there will be peace in Afghanistan, there will be peace in Pakistan as well”

Qureshi added.

“The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a very important project for the neighbourhood. It is our desire that Afghanistan should also benefit from it, especially the Gwadar deep-sea port.”

Pakistan’s foreign office said in a statement that Qureshi would chair the third round of the trilateral meeting and Foreign Ministers of China, Wang Yi, and Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani, would lead the delegations of their respective countries.

The China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue was institutionalised in 2017 to cooperate on issues of common interest with particular emphasis on economic development, peace and security.

Its first meeting was held in Beijing in 2017 and second in Kabul in 2018.

According to the Foreign Office Statement, the trilateral process is significant since it can lead to greater understanding on issues of common concern for the three countries and help with political trust-building, development cooperation, and interconnectivity.