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Peace Forum expresses concerns about world security

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Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai giving a speech at the forum in Beijing. KT/Ros Chanveasna

Beijing, China – Leaders and experts in global politics gathered here on Saturday at the 2018 World Peace Forum to discuss cooperation in the promotion of peace and sustainable development in the region.

During the event, leaders, diplomats, scholars, analysts and students talked about the issues of terrorism and war, domestic conflicts, climate change and other regional security issues.

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee, said on Saturday that the world is experiencing changes in an increasingly multi-polar and globalised world, and faces instability and uncertainty.

“It’s true that the international situation has become more unstable, uncertain and unpredictable,” Mr Yang said. “Regional turbulence, terrorism, climate change and the flow of refugees remain unresolved challenges, while problems of economic and financial risks and worsening development gaps became more acute.”

He noted that to ensure lasting peace, security and development, all countries must cooperate in order to tackle these issues.

“We must take holistic and integrated steps to address the immediate problems and contain potential risks,” he said. “We believe that countries should dedicate themselves to global peace and common development.”

The event was attended by leaders and experts from various countries across the world.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said that it is hard to imagine sustaining peace and security without cooperation by relevant partners and noted that inclusiveness is key to improving global security issues.

“It is important to keep the channels of communication open,” Mr Aziz said. “We must never run away from dialogue. These are the key factors of resolving issues.”

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