Pakistan to join Russia, China to discuss key regional issues in Moscow

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said its foreign secretary will travel to Russia to participate in a trilateral meeting with Russia and China next week which will discuss key regional issues including peace process in Afghanistan.

"The Foreign Secretary will lead the Pakistani delegation in this meeting. This is an existing forum for undertaking informal discussions on issues of regional peace and stability, including situation in Afghanistan," Foreign Office (FO) spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly press briefing in Islamabad.

 Pakistan to join Russia, China to discuss key regional issues in Moscow

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The trilateral meeting will be held on 27 December and peace in Afghanistan will be on the top of the agenda due to increasing threat of ISIS to Central Asia, which is considered as Russian backyard.

There are also reports of contacts between Taliban and Russian officials as the latter recognise the importance of Taliban in checking the threat of ISIS.

Zakaria said peace and stability in Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan and the entire region.

"In this spirit, we remain committed and extend all cooperation to the efforts towards bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan has played a very positive role in bringing warring factions to the negotiating table. Whenever we are approached to help bring the warring factions to the negotiating table, we will assist," he said.

Updated Date: Dec 22, 2016 19:58:06 IST