China aims to improve ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan

Wang Yi Sartaj Aziz
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, gestures to Pakistan's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz during a press conference, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 25, 2017. China's foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

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.

Wang Yi said during a visit to Pakistan on Sunday that foreign ministers from the three countries would discuss relations, with an emphasis on economic cooperation.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have accused each other of turning a blind eye to militants operating along their porous border. Pakistan’s construction of a fence along part of the frontier has also caused tensions, as Afghanistan does not recognize the colonial-era line as an international border.

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