Pakistan and China to take bilateral ties to new heights, agreed to expand cooperation in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD Feb 12 (PV): Pakistan and China have agreed to take bilateral relations to new heights. The two countries, entwined in a matchless friendship decided to boost up mutual cooperation in multi areas. In a joint press conference here on Thursday, Sartaj Aziz Khan PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister have expressed a strong commitment to carry forward the history of exemplary bilateral cooperation. Sarta Aziz informed media that the two dignitaries during a comprehensive meeting discussed a range of matters pertaining to mutual and regional interests. He said Pakistan and China are committed to enhance cooperation in economic sector, and China would invest in Pakistan in energy sector. He told that China was a key partner of Pakistan in economic corridor. He further said that the two sides were agreed to fighting the menace of terrorism. Moreover, Pakistan and China have a strong bond of cooperation in political and strategic affairs. He went on saying that existing cooperation in ‘economic corridor’ pertains to transportation, road construction and establishing links through the construction of silk route. “This project will bring revolution in linking up not only Pakistan and China, but also the regional countries at large” he said. Wang Yi on the occasion said that there exist high levels of mutual trust between Pakistan and China. He informed that Chinese President would soon be visiting Pakistan. China will cooperate with Pakistan in energy, transport and infrastructural development. To miscellaneous questions from media, Chinese Foreign Minister said peace n Afghanistan was essential for the peace in the region and China would enhance its role through regular communication with Afghanistan. He put forward four key points from Chinese side towards peace and stability in Afghanistan; respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty by international community, support to Afghan reconciliation dialogue among all stake holders including Taliban, cooperation with Afghanistan in economic and infrastructural development and Pakistan’s active role being a closer neighbor. He said Pakistan has many commonalities with Afghanistan in social, cultural and religious sectors and Pakistan can suggest best solution for Afghanistan. When asked about American notion for having permanent membership of India in UNSC, Wang Yi categorically said that expansion of UNSC must be acceptable by all the countries.
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