FM Qureshi arrives in Moscow on final leg of four-nation tour

A Pentagon plan submitted to Congress says Afghan Taliban will

A Pentagon plan submitted to Congress says Afghan Taliban will"only rejoin society if they believe their safety and the safety of their families are guaranteed. — File

As China looks to expand its role as a peace broker in South Asia, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during an official visit to Beijing.

Senior Chinese and Pakistani diplomats discussed on Tuesday "new changes" to the situation in Afghanistan, China's foreign ministry said, amid plans by the United States to withdraw about half of the 14,000 USA troops based in the country.

Following Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's what he termed as "productive meetings" with the Afghan leadership on Monday regarding their reconciliation with the Taliban, both sides have agreed to restart the dialogue process. On Tuesday, FM Qureshi held extensive talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the matter.

Qureshi said he held talks with leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and China and discussed new alliances and developments in Afghanistan and presented Pakistan's stance over the issue.

Expressing satisfaction at the strong bilateral partnership, Qureshi highlighted that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has added an important dimension to the bilateral ties.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, speaking at a daily news briefing, reiterated the statement and did not answer a question on whether the meeting was connected to the USA troop withdrawal.

Pakistan has always maintained that solution to the conflict in Afghanistan lies in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

He said China attaches paramount importance to its relations with Pakistan and underlined that time-tested partnership between the two countries is based on mutual respect, trust and strong bonds of friendship.

"We expect Pakistan to put pressure on supporters of those who are trying to disrupt the peace process to avoid damaging the process and instead persuade the Taliban to hold talks with the Afghan government delegation", said Sayed Ehsan Tahiri, the High Peace Council's spokesman.

Beijing has hosted Taliban leaders in an effort to bring the warring sides in Afghanistan to the negotiating table. China has not announced an official stance on the United States troop pullout.

It has been long anxious about the effect of instability in Afghanistan on China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur people and where China says it faces a threat from militants.

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