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President Mamnoon Hussain told visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan was the "top priority" of the government, according to a statement issued by the presidency.

At the time, President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to the need for a joint fight against terrorism and extremism, to expand both regional cooperation and China's support in the Afghan peace process.

The mechanism will include prevention through effective intelligence and information sharing and other mutually agreed measures, and enable the two sides to maintain timely and effective communications in case of any emergencies including terrorist attacks. The Chinese side will support this mechanism, read the statement issued by the Ministry.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and China have agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation and coordination "in dealing with the common challenges to peace and security", a Pakistani official reiterated.

Wang said that China is willing to play a constructive role within its capacity to help Afghanistan and Pakistan in improving their relations.

The three parties call on the Afghan Taliban to join the reconciliation process at an early date.

"That's the kind of role that the United States would like to encourage and perhaps maybe even cooperate in terms of development projects", the official said on condition of anonymity.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China wants to work together with Pakistan and Afghanistan for maintaining peace and prosperity in the region.

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"The neighbouring countries are trying to interrupt policies within Afghanistan to create a cultural gap in order to get to their objectives".

Afghanistan and Pakistan have been uneasy neighbours ever since Pakistan's independence in 1947.

A Taliban delegation had also attended the first meeting of the QCG held in northeastern Pakistani city of Murree but despite some initial breakthrough, the news about the death of Mullah Omar - the slain leader of the Taliban - failed to yield desired results.

Meanwhile, a senior Trump official yesterday said that India and the U.S. have a common objective in Afghanistan, and the two countries could increase their cooperation to enhance the Afghan economy.

Bypassing Pakistan in a direct air corridor with Afghanistan reflects India's "stubborn geopolitical thinking" and its opposition to Beijing's connectivity project, a Chinese daily has said.

The foreign minister's visit comes only a day after Pakistan was rocked by separate terror attacks in three of its major cities, that killed more than 70 people.

Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under US President Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme.

Rabbani thanked China for its important role in peace, stability and economic development of Afghanistan.


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