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Published Date: Feb 17, 2014

SDPI Press Release Feb 17, 2014

At a high-level roundtable discussion held at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), experts stressed the need for tri-lateral engagement between Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan. The roundtable was
organized jointly by SDPI and the Pak China Institute, Islamabad.

Experts at the meeting highlighted that the joint dialogue between the three countries was imperative for regional peace and stability and would also go a long way in terms of regional economic development. The
process of reconciliation and reintegration in Afghanistan should be strongly supported by both China and Pakistan.

While people are growing more aware of the challenges and problems in Afghanistan, there is need to develop a healthier culture of dialogue and debate in the country. There have been problems between Afghanistan and Pakistan at the governmental level. Border areas between the two countries remain to be problematic and reflect lack of trust between governments. It was stressed that both the countries should look for ways and means to establish better communication channels and economic relations between their younger generations. The governments should now come together and work towards strengthening of ties through better border management and infrastructure development. Both the countries should also work together to develop stronger economic relations with China. This is all the more important in the context of the post-2014 withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Opening up of trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan can also be beneficial in terms of enhancing their relations, aside from bringing economic gains to both. At the same time, strengthening of relations with China will be crucial in opening up economic avenues for both Afghanistan and Pakistan. China is a transitional state and can create opportunities for other countries in the region. There is also a need for a more sustainable policy in order to establish a stronger partnership between the three countries.