CPEC would contribute positively to post-COVID economic: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of SCO Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Moscow.

This was the second meeting between both foreign ministers within the last three weeks. During the meeting, bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest were discussed.

The foreign minister expressed resolve to implement the consensus reached during the Second Round of Strategic Dialogue between Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and China held in Hainan last month.

Qureshi underscored that Pakistan and China are ‘All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partners’ and remain committed to promoting peace, stability, and development in the region.

It was underlined that Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and SCO complement each other through enhancing regional connectivity, promoting trade and deepening people-to-people exchanges.

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Foreign Minister underlined that BRI and CPEC would contribute positively to post-COVID economic recovery. Pakistan and China were taking relevant measures that will help timely completion of CPEC projects that will be a catalyst for growth and prosperity in the region.

He reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to “One China policy” and stands firmly behind China on core issues of its national interest. He also emphasized that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is important for peace and stability in the region and beyond.

Qureshi reaffirmed that Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process was critical in restoring regional peace and stability. He emphasised that India’s expansionist and unilateral actions have been imperiling regional peace and security.

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