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PublishDate: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:52

Kayani in China to discusses Afghanistan issues

The two countries support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has discussed the current security situation in the region including the ongoing high-level consultations between the two neighbours against the backdrop of rapidly changing developments in the region, particularly the Afghan endgame. 

Both Pakistan and China shared a common objective on Afghanistan.

The two countries support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process in Afghanistan. 

Another key agenda disscussed was Pakistan-India tensions.

Kayani, who began a four-day official trip to China on Monday, held separate meetings with Central Military Commission Vice Chairman General Fan Changlong and Chinese State Councillor and Minister for Public Security Guo Shengkun, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The military’s media wing said Kayani discussed with Chinese leadership the current regional security situation and the possible role both could play towards ‘strategic stability’. “Talks also encompassed the measures to boost mutual cooperation on a wide range of issues,” the statement added.

According to ISPR, the army chief reiterated the goodwill of the government and people of Pakistan and thanked Chinese leadership for China’s ‘eternal support to Pakistan’.

His visit comes in the wake of ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India over ceasefire violations at the LoC and the working boundary. Both sides have held each other responsible for the flaring up of tensions in the disputed Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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