New QCCM military group launched to counter terror
Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and Tajikistan on Wednesday launched a forum for joint action against terrorism in the four states.
The inaugural high level meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) of the armed forces of the four states was held in Urumqi city of Xingjian Uygur autonomous region of China, the ISPR said in a statement.
Those who attended the ceremony included Afghan National Army CGS Qadam Shah Shahim, Chief of Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) General Fang Fenghui, Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Tajikistan armed forces CGS Maj-Gen EA Cobidrzoda, who is also First Deputy Defense Minister of the country.
The participants unanimously agreed that terrorism and extremism are serious threat to regional stability and they fully appreciate the unremitting efforts taken by the militaries of the four countries against the forces of terrorism and extremism. They reiterated to cooperate for tackling these forces for peace and stability of all member countries.
It was agreed to establish the QCCM to coordinate and provide mutual support limited to four countries only in the fields of counter terrorism situation evaluation, clue verification, intelligence sharing, counter terrorism capacity building, counter terrorism joint training exercises and personnel training. It was also agreed that all decisions reached by the QCCM would be based on mutual consultation and consensus.
The parties agreed that the QCCM should adhere to the principles of UN charter and other universally recognized principles and norms of international law, especially those on maintaining peace and security, safe guarding independence and equality with mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. It was emphasized that formation of the QCCM was not targeted against any other state or international organization.