On February 22, 2014, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks at a press conference with Afghan Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani after their talks. He said that China expects to work closely with all parties including Afghanistan to make sure that practical outcomes will be achieved during the fourth Foreign Ministers’ Conference of the Istanbul Process on the Afghan Issue scheduled on August 29 in Tianjin, China.
Wang Yi said that the Istanbul Process is the only international mechanism on the Afghan issue led by the countries in the region. These member countries, adjacent or close to Afghanistan, all have connections with Afghanistan in both historical exchanges and realistic interests, hope to see a lasting peace in Afghanistan and are willing to make their contributions in this regard. At present, with the accelerated withdrawal of the US and NATO troops and the upcoming of Afghan presidential election, Afghanistan is now experiencing a triple transition in politics, security and economy, which brings about both challenges and opportunities. At this point, the holding of the fourth Foreign Ministers’ Conference of the Istanbul Process on the Afghan Issue is of great practical significance. The Chinese side hopes to pool consensus from all parties by holding this conference and make concerted efforts to assist Afghanistan in realizing the triple transition, so as to achieve a true and lasting peace and bring more substantial benefits to the Afghan people.