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China discussed ‘changes in Afghanistan’ with Pakistan

BEIJING: Senior Chinese and Pakistani officials discussed on Tuesday “changes” regarding the situation in Afghanistan amid plans by United States to withdraw about half of its 14,000 US troops, China’s foreign ministry said.

United States diplomats have told that President Donald trump has issued the orders of withdrawn of 7,000 US troops from war-torn Afghanistan area. The White House and Pentagon has not yet made any comment publicly.

China, who is a very close ally of Pakistan is also playing its role to improve the socio-economic terms between the two neighbours Kabul and Pakistan.

Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met in Beijing recently during Qureshi’s four-nation trip to improve ties with the neighbouring countries. “Deep discussion about new changes to the situation in Afghanistan and reached a broad consensus”, China’s Foreign Ministry stated.

“Both sides believe that military means cannot resolve the Afghanistan issue, and promoting political reconciliation is the only realistic way,” the ministry added that ,“the two sides welcome the various efforts made by all parties and are willing to maintain close communication and strategic coordination.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, spoke to a Chinese News Agency and said nothing about the withdrawn of US troops exactly and how the meeting was in any way connected to it.


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