Pakistan, China, Afghanistan to meet after US troops withdrawl

A trilateral meeting between Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan will take place this Saturday in Islamabad, where China will look into the possibility of expanding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to the Central Asian country, the source quoted a diplomatic channel in Pakistan as saying.

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Pakistan Foreign Minister S.M. Qureshi will represent their respective countries in the meeting in Islamabad.

“One of the major topics of the meeting will be the expansion of theChina-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan and of course the Afghan peace process,” the official added.

China and Pakistan have been exploring ways to expand the $50 billion CPEC to Afghanistan since last November.

The US would withdraw some 5,000 troops from Afghanistan within135 days of signing the peace deal with the Taliban, a special envoyto Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, told an Afghan news channel in Kabul.

“We are at the threshold of an agreement that will reduce violence and open the door for Afghans to sit together to negotiate an honorable and sustainable peace and a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country”, Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted on 1 September afterthe conclusion of another round of talks in Doha.

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