Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi holds talks with Sartaj Aziz in Pakistan; Afghanistan, bilateral ties discussed

Islamabad: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi  held talks with Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz on a range of bilateral issues as well as the situation in Afghanistan.

Wang, who arrived on a two-day visit, is also expected to hold talks with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Soon after his arrival, the Chinese minister went into delegation level talks with Pakistani side led by Aziz.

"All issues of bilateral and regional interest are on the table," sources said.

Earlier, foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria during his weekly briefing on Thursday said that the Chinese foreign minister will discuss "all issues of mutual interest including the regional situation."

From Pakistan, Wang is expected to visit Afghanistan, in an effort to defuse tensions between the two neighbours.

The visit is aimed at defusing tensions between the two neighbours, media reports had earlier said.

Citing sources in the foreign ministry, Dunya TV had said that all bilateral efforts to normalise relations in the past have yielded no output and interference of third party seems mandatory to fill the void.

Pakistan-Afghanistan rift has deepened further after the Afghan government put blame of the recent attack in Kabul’s diplomatic area on Islamabad.

Updated Date: Jun 24, 2017 20:43:17 IST