China, Pakistan and Iran held their first counter-terrorism dialogue in Beijing to move towards stronger security and regional matters in the states. The Trilateral Consultation on Counter Terrorism was held at Directors General Level in China.
The Director General of Counter Terrorism, Abdul Hameed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Bai Tan, Director General of Department of External Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China, Assitant to Foreign Minister and Director General of South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, led their specific delegations.
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Regional Security Situation
The delegation discussed about the regional security situation, about the threat of terrorism faced by the region. Based on the outcome of these consultations, they decided to institutionalise the Trilateral Consultations on counter terrorism and security for which further details will be worked out.
The statement issued by 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.
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.