Chinese foreign minister hosts counterparts from Pakistan, Russia

Baku, March 31, AZERTAC

The Pakistani and Russian foreign ministers on Wednesday separately met their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, according to Anadolu Agency.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Sergey Lavrov are in China to attend the third meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan's neighboring countries due to take place on Thursday and Friday.

Wang received the Pakistani and Russian foreign ministers in the Tunxi city of eastern China's Anhui province.

This is the second meeting between top diplomats of China and Pakistan -- historically strong allies which also call themselves “iron brothers” -- in the past two weeks.

Wang was in Pakistan for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers’ summit last week where he met Qureshi.

Following the meeting, a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said Qureshi and Wang exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine where Russian bombings continue.

Qureshi "conveyed readiness to help facilitate a diplomatic solution including through the OIC platform.

At the Afghan meeting set for Thursday, investments in the war-torn country and combating terrorism are expected to top the agenda.

Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will also attend the meeting, along with Afghanistan's interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.

Wang on Wednesday also held a three-way meeting with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan.


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