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COVID-19: Amid Pandemic China Discusses 4-Point Plan With Nepal,Afghanistan and Pakistan
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi did not participate in the meeting.
Amid Pandemic China Discusses 4-Point Plan With Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan
New Delhi: On Monday Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the first joint virtual conference with his counterpart from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nepal during which he has proposed a four-point plan to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic, to boost economic recovery and resumption of the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) infrastructure projects.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar attended the virtual meeting, as per the Chinese foreign ministry press release.
Whereas Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mohamood Quershi did not partici[ate in the meeting. Meanwhile, Pakistan was represented by the Economic Affairs Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar.
Mr. Wang addressing the meeting, which is the first involving the four countries, proposed the four-point action plan including consolidating the consensus o the unity and the fight against coronavirus and avoiding politicization of the coronavirus and the support of the WHO.
Donald Trump administration earlier this month formally notified the United Nation of its decision to withdraw the United States from the WHO breaking off ties with the global health body despite the raging coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Trump administration has accused the WHO of siding with China on the outbreak of the coronavirus, which is originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, alleging the health body misled the world.
Mr. Wang said that all the four countries should carry out regional cooperation on the joint prevention and control of the pandemic drawing the experience if China and Pakistan, as per the press release.
"We will actively promote the building of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Trans-Himalayan Connectivity network (THCN), support the extension of the corridor to Afghanistan, and further unleash the dividends of regional connectivity," Mr Wang said.
"We should give play to our geographical advantages, strengthen exchanges and connectivity between the four countries and central Asian countries, and safeguard regional peace and stability," Mr. Wang said.
The ministers of Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan "actively supported" the four-point cooperation initiative proposed by Mr. Wang and thanked China for providing medical material assistance and food support.
"Pakistan was ready to both enhance cooperation in combating COVID-19 and in post-pandemic economic recovery with the participating countries," the minister said.
The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi did not participate but in the video message at the Conference he stressed the need for unity, solidarity.
(With Inputs from PTI)