BEIJING:  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the fifth ministerial conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan scheduled in Islamabad from December 8 to 10. 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Friday that Wang was invited by Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistan‘s prime minister on foreign affairs, and Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani.

The conference themed on strengthening cooperation, coping with security challenges and promoting economic communication.

The spokesperson said Wang Yi will push forward China‘s stance and policy on the Afghan issue and introduce China s efforts to help Afghanistan‘s peaceful reconstruction and national reconciliation, as well as the measures China has taken to promote cooperation between Afghanistan s bordering areas since the fourth conference and its future plan.

She said China was ready to work with all sides to promote the Istanbul process to play a positive role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and regional cooperation.

Inaugurated in 2011, the Istanbul Process is the only Afghanistan-related cooperation mechanism led by regional countries in an aim to promote peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. The fourth conference was held in Beijing in October 2014.