May 30, 2018
On May 28 2018, assistant of China Foreign Minister held SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group Meeting at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Beijing. The SCO member states, standing body and Afghanistan’s delegation attended this meeting.
The parties saw an in-depth exchange of views on the current situation in Afghanistan, reconciliation process of Afghanistan and the cooperation between the SCO and Afghanistan and then reached a broad consensus. Zhang Hanhui stated China’s principle and position on the issue of Afghanistan, and introduced China’s efforts to promote Afghanistan’s peaceful reconstruction process. He also emphasized that each side should give full play to the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, fulfil the Shanghai Spirit, strengthen the cooperative consensus and adopt the sound measures to contribute to long period of stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and our own region.
The parties appreciated the great efforts made by China as the SCO rotating presidency to perfect SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group mechanism and meanwhile positively commented China’s important role in promoting Afghanistan’s peace progress and relevant international cooperation .
The SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group is a consultative mechanism established by the SCO and Afghanistan in 2005, aiming at offering proposals to promote mutual cooperation. Many meetings at the level of counsellor or deputy foreign ministers have been held by the Contact Group since it founded.