ISLAMABAD: China, Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday held their first counter-terrorism dialogue in Beijing in a move that suggests new alignments in the region.
The foreign office confirmed that the first meeting of Pakistan-China-Iran Trilateral Consultation on counter-terrorism and security took place at the Directors General level on June 7, 2023, in Beijing, China.
Abdul Hameed, Director General (Counter Terrorism), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Bai Tian, Director General of the Department of External Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, and Seyed Rasoul Mosavi, Assistant to the Foreign Minister and Director General of South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led their respective delegations.
The statement said the delegations held detailed discussions on the regional security situation, particularly the threat of terrorism faced by the region.
They decided to institutionalize the Trilateral Consultations on counter-terrorism and security based on the outcome of these consultations, and they will work out further details regarding it.
Director General Abdul Hameed, the Head of Pakistan delegation, and Director General Syed Rasoul Mosavi, the Head of Iranian delegation, also called on Assistant Foreign Minister of China Nong Rong.
A separate statement issued by the Chinese foreign ministry also said that the three countries had “in-depth” exchanges on the regional counter-terrorism situation, and decided to hold the meeting on a regular basis.
Moreover, The meeting is seen as new alignments in the region with China in the lead role. Beijing recently brokered a landmark deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
The rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran led to the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Many observers believe that China, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia to name a few are the natural allies as their interests are converging in the increasingly bipolar world.
Published in the Logical Baat, June 8th, 2023.