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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on this occasion said that Pakistan is playing a vital role in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

ISLAMABAD (AP) - China's foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and stability with neighbouring Afghanistan.

Islamabad denies the charges and in turn blames sanctuaries in border areas of Afghanistan for plotting terrorist attacks against Pakistan, including Friday's deadly suicide bombings in two cities that killed more than 80 people and injured more than 200 others. The Chinese side would support this mechanism.

They have also agreed to launch a coordinating team consisting of China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US.

The three parties believe that peace and reconciliation is the fundamental solution to the Afghan issue, which could not be solved by violent means.

The three parties believed that the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) should be revived to create an enabling environment for peace talks and for the Taliban to join the peace process.

Whilst China is an important global player and also has excellent relations with regional countries, its effort for mediation, indeed, is a welcome step and we pray for its success as well in the context of regional peace and security.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet the Pakistani leadership to discuss regional and other bilateral issues.

Talking about bilateral relations with China, Aziz said that "Pakistan's relations with China are the cornerstone of our foreign policy".

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Sunday said that Pakistan wants good and friendly relations with all its neighboring countries including India.

The latest edition of the Global Times, English daily under People's Daily (an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party) says that Beijing has cautioned New Delhi to include Pakistan in the direct air freight corridor project.

"The US also has a defence partnership with Pakistan".

Meanwhile, a senior Trump official yesterday said that India and the USA have a common objective in Afghanistan, and the two countries could increase their cooperation to enhance the Afghan economy.

India yesterday affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided "bilaterally", reacting to suggestions by United Nations chief Antonio Guteress that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between the two neighbours.

Aziz, for his part, thanked China for its support and constructive proposals to promote peace and stability in the region.