ISLAMABAD   -   Reaffirming the commitment to all-weather strategic cooperative partnership, China and Pakistan Monday expressed their resolve on early completion of ongoing projects and expansion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor to new areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of two neighbouring states.

The first round of political consultation between Pakistan and China held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also discussed the international political situation with a particular focus on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Chinese delegation head Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou besides leading his delegation in the first round of political consultations with Pakistan also held separate meetings with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

In the political consultations Pakistan side was led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. Both sides held comprehensive discussions on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. They reaffirmed all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries and expressed their satisfaction at the strong bilateral ties in political, economic, security, cultural and other spheres.

The two sides also agreed to build upon the consensus reached between the leadership of two countries during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China

Pakistan side conveyed that CPEC is a national priority for the government and Pakistan remains committed to the successful implementation of CPEC. The two sides also resolved to work together towards the completion of the ongoing projects and agreed to expand CPEC to new areas of cooperation in line with the vision of the leadership of Pakistan.

Both sides exchanged views on international political situation with a particular focus on Afghanistan and South Asia. They also expressed satisfaction at their robust cooperation in multilateral fora and reiterated their resolve to further augment it in the future.

In meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters Rawalpindi, Vice Foreign Affairs Minister Kong Xuanyou discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security and enhanced bilateral cooperation, ISPR said.

The Army Chief said Pak-China relations are all-weather and based on mutual trust and confidence.

Visiting dignitary commended the sacrifices and resilience of the people and Armed forces of Pakistan and appreciated the role Pakistan Army has played in battling the scourge of terrorism.

Earlier in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou discussed the bilateral ties and expressed their satisfaction on the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

The Chinese Vice Foreign Minister called on the Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and exchanged views on regional situation and multilateral issues of mutual interest and agreed to deepen strategic coordination and communication at all levels.

The FM congratulated Vice Minister Kong on the successful conclusion of Pakistan-China bilateral political consultations.

He said Pak-China friendship had deep cultural, historical and institutional linkages and became an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

Recalling Prime Minister Imran Khan’s successful visit to China in November, Qureshi said that it marked a milestone in the history of bilateral relations and had deepened the bonds of trust and friendship between two nations.

He said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had added yet another dimension to bilateral ties and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to complete this project as envisaged by the leadership of both the countries.

He said that he was looking forward to participate in the 2nd meeting of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ trilateral mechanism to be held in Kabul on December 15.

Vice Foreign Minister Kong said China attached paramount importance to its relations with Pakistan.

He expressed satisfaction at the momentum of bilateral relations and underscored the need for cementing ties in political, economic, defence and cultural spheres.

He also appreciated Pakistan for its efforts to achieve goals of national development and extended China’s utmost support in this regard.

 

Pakistan, China resolve to expand CPEC