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China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have already had discussions on issues concerning them on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held earlier this month.

The Chinese foreign minister said that both Afghanistan and Pakistan had signaled good will to each other as they agreed to establish a crisis management mechanism, which is an important step forward to improve bilateral ties, noting that the next step is to find an effective way to operate the mechanism by the two sides.

The Chinese side hopes Afghanistan and Pakistan could maintain stable and sound relations, and is willing to provide necessary assistance in this regard based on the needs of both sides, read the statement. The Chinese side would support this mechanism.

He called China's role significant in supporting Afghanistan's demand for "honest and practical cooperation and coordination among regional countries", the statement added.

Wang reaffirmed China's steadfast support for the Afghan-led reconciliation process.

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He said Pakistan is also playing a crucial role in completing the projects under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor as a part of One Belt One Road vision.

Wang visited Islamabad and Kabul on June 24 and 25.

The developments were announced Sunday at the conclusion of a two-day mediation trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang says China wants to set up a series of meetings - with foreign ministers from the three countries - to strengthen dialogue.

The three parties had in-depth exchange of views on the Afghan issue, the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation.

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It was also a challenge to global peace and stability.

"We will conduct shuttle diplomacy to help improve relations between the two countries within our capacity and also to promote the peace process in Afghanistan", Geng said.

The dedicated air corridor between India and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan is an attempt by New Delhi to counterbalance China's ambitious economic corridor via PoK and show its "stubborn geopolitical thinking", a leading Chinese daily commented today.

Beijing is investing billions of dollars in Pakistan, China's staunch ally, to establish a trade route to gain access to worldwide markets through the Pakistani port of Gwadar on the Arabian Sea. It would have a great impact [on relationship between the two neighbours] in case of implementation, ' Dawn quoted Sharif as saying regarding frequent allegations levelled by Afghanistan against Pakistan.

Sartaj Aziz thanked China for its constructive proposals for promoting peace and harmony in the region.

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