ISLAMABAD - The 6th round of Pak-China Strategic Dialogues, which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, concluded with an agreement on early and effective implementation on CPEC projects as a key priority for both countries.

According to the Foreign Office, the two sides agreed on further consolidating the existing “all-weather Pak-China strategic cooperative partnership” in all areas of importance, especially political, economic and strategic. The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry while the Chinese delegation was headed by Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao. The Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms, also joined the meeting for discussions on the status of projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

During the talks, both sides reviewed important aspects of Pak-China bilateral relations. The two sides held a detailed exchange of views on regional and global situation. In conclusion, the Foreign Secretary and the Chinese AFM agreed on the need for the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs to remain engaged at all levels.

Earlier, the Chinese delegation called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

The Adviser welcomed the Chinese AFM over his second to Islamabad this year. Aziz noted that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a fruitful meeting with the Chinese President on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Ufa, Russia, on 10 July 2015.

The Adviser emphasised that the CPEC is the flagship project for the Chinese President’s vision of the “One Belt, One Road” and that Pak-China cooperation on the CPEC would enhance connectivity and contribute to prosperity and development in the entire region.