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Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan issue joint statement on anti-terrorism

( Source: China Military Online  )         2016-August-4 17:28

URUMQI, August 4 (ChinaMil) -- A Joint Statement of the Inaugural High Level Military Leader Meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan Armed Forces was issued in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on August 3, 2016. The following is the full text:

Joint Statement of the Inaugural High Level Military Leader Meeting on

Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism by

Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan Armed Forces

General Qadan Shah Shahim, Chief of General Staff of the Afghan National Army, General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the Joint Staff Department under China's Central Military Commission (CMC), General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, and Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda, Tajikistan's First Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of General Staff of Tajikstan Armed Forces, attended the Inaugural High Level Military Leader Meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism in Counter Terrorism by Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan Armed Forces (the quadrilateral mechanism) held in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on August 3, 2016.

The four parties agreed that terrorism and extremism pose serious threats to regional stability, and fully recognized the unremitting efforts made by the militaries of the four countries on fighting against terrorist and extremist forces.

The four parties reiterated their willingness and readiness to make joint efforts to deal with those forces in order to maintain peace and stability of all member states.

The four parties agreed to establish the "quadrilateral mechanism" to coordinate with and support each other in a range of areas, including study and judgment of counter terrorism situation, confirmation of clues, intelligence sharing, anti-terrorist capability building, joint anti-terrorist training and personnel training, and that the coordination and cooperation will be exclusive to the four countries.

The four parties agreed that all decisions under the "quadrilateral mechanism" should be made on the principle of consultation-based consensus.

The four parties agreed that the "quadrilateral mechanism" should abide by the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and other recognized principles and rules of international law, especially the principles of preserving international peace and security, maintaining independence and equality, mutual respect to sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs.

The four parties emphasized that the establishment of the "quadrilateral mechanism" does not target any other country or international organization.

General Qadam Shah Shahim, Representative of the Afghan National Army and Chief of General Staff of the Afghan National Army

General Fang Fenghui, Representative of the PLA, Member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chief of the Joint Staff Department under CMC

General Raheel Sharif, Representative of Pakistan Army and Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff

Major General E. A. Cobidrzoda, Representative of Tajikistan Armed Forces and Tajikistan's First Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of General Staff of Tajikistan Armed Forces

Editor :  Yao Jianing