ISLAMABAD       -        Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood Monday underscored the importance of deepening cooperation among Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, which was pivotal to advancing the shared goals of peace and security, trade and economic development and regional connectivity and prosperity.

He was speaking to the inaugural ceremony of Trilateral (Afghanistan-china-Pakistan) diplomatic workshop at Foreign Service Academy. The ceremony was attended by Chinese and Afghan Deputy Heads of Mission as well as senior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thirty nine diplomats from three countries will attend the two-week workshop. Welcoming the diplomats from China and Afghanistan, foreign secretary urged the young diplomats to further fortify this trilateral cooperation in the years to come. 

Highlighting the multi-faceted and All-weather strategic cooperation between Pakistan and China, foreign secretary said that Pakistan was committed to expand and deepen cooperation in the field of education, technology and innovation.

He said that Pakistan was one of the earliest participants in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), BRI’s flagship project, had made enormous progress. Referring to close and historical ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood said that multifaceted ties of geography, history, faith, language and kinship between Pakistan and Afghanistan provided a firm foundation for a broader and durable relationship.  He further said that Pakistan remained committed to supporting peace, stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Deputy Head of Mission of China Pang Chunxue and Charge d’ Affaires of Afghanistan Ahmad Shakir Qarar also addressed the inauguration ceremony.