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Sino-Pak FMs meetings fully demonstrate close ties: Zhao Lijian

BEIJING: A Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson has said that three bilateral meetings between Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a span of three months fully demonstrated the close ties between China and Pakistan.

“You are rightly saying that. This fully demonstrates the close ties between China and Pakistan,” Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing while responding to a question about the meeting between Wang Yi and Bilawal Bhutto on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) council of foreign ministers meeting held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last week.

He said that at the SCO foreign ministers meeting State Councilor Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto.

The two foreign ministers had an in-depth exchange of views on deepening our all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, advancing political cooperation, pursuing high quality Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) cooperation and stepping up cooperation in various fields, including in multilateral occasions, he added.

The spokesperson said that during the meeting, Wang Yi stressed that the Chinese side would firmly support Pakistan in safeguarding sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, supporting Pakistan to exploring a development path suiting its national conditions to realize solidarity, stability, and prosperity.

“We also support Pakistan’s role in regional, international affairs and we will have in depth communication and jointly build a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in a new era,” he added.

He said that China supported Chinese business investment in Pakistan and the Chinese side was ready to import more good quality agricultural products.

Both the countries agreed to they would resume and gradually expand air links and personnel exchanges in orderly manner.

State Councilor Wang also stressed the need for Pakistani side to have the speedy investigation into the April 26 terrorist attack and hold the perpetrators accountable. Foreign Minister Bilawal said that Pakistani side would always take Pak-China all-weather strategic partnership and friendship as a cornerstone for its foreign policy and firmly stand with China in issues concerning China’s core interests and major concerns.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque has termed the third bilateral meeting between the two foreign ministers in a span of three months as manifestation of the strong China-Pakistan All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

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