According to Pakistan daily Express Tribune, Islamabad is ready to host them “as part of diplomatic efforts aimed at preparing the ground for the international community’s recognition of the Taliban government”.Beijing too skipped the Delhi assembly of NSAs but will go to Islamabad for the gathering of the ‘extended troika’.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin informed a media briefing in Beijing that “China supports Pakistan in hosting the extended troika assembly” We support all efforts conducive for stability in Afghanistan to building up consensus in the world,” he stated. China’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiao Yong, will attend the meeting hosted by Pakistan. A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office said the visit was taking place as a follow-up to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Kabul on October 21.
The talks will center on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations, with attention on enhanced trade, facilitation of transit trade, cross-border movement, land and aviation links, people-to-people contacts, and regional connectivity. “Because of the prevalent situation, Pakistan has been urging the international community to urgently offer humanitarian assistance and financial help to alleviate the sufferings of the Afghan people,” the Pakistan Foreign Office announcement stated.
Pakistan did not attend the Delhi assembly. Last week, Pakistan National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf stated he would not attend, and targeted India saying “a spoiler can’t be a peacemaker”. China, on the opposite hand, had attended the 2 previous meetings of NSAs in Iran, but this time it cited “scheduling issues” to convey that it would not participate. Beijing informed Delhi it was “open to maintaining contacts with India on Afghanistan through bilateral or multilateral channels”.
Source- CTV News
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