dglobalnews.com Pakistan's relations with China cornerstone of our foreign policy: Sartaj
Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Pakistan's relations with China cornerstone of our foreign policy: Sartaj

Pakistan's relations with China cornerstone of our foreign policy: Sartaj

There will be several meeting between the Chinese officials and Pakistani leadership on friendly ties and future projects.

He said Pakistan informed China about its efforts to strengthen cooperation with the Afghan government in counter-terrorism, border management and voluntary and sustainable return of Afghan refugees.

The president told visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the protection of Chinese citizens working in Pakistan was the "top priority" of the government, read a statement issued by the presidency.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Sunday that China and Pakistan will firmly stand together to continuously support each other on their core interests and issues of major concern so as to safeguard their legitimate interests as well as regional peace and stability.

He underlined the need that Pakistan and Afghanistan should send the worldwide community a positive signal that the two sides were willing to restore mutual trust and conduct cooperation through bilateral channels.

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Pakistani leaders strongly dismiss US and Afghan criticism of their counterterrorism efforts, saying the country has made "monumental sacrifices" in the war against terrorism. It is also a challenge to global peace and stability. "Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India", Guterres said with a laugh, responding to a question on whether he is involved in the matter.

China has recently stepped-up its diplomatic engagements in the region, making multi-billion-dollar investments in neighboring Pakistan, and eyeing mineral resources in Afghanistan.

He said also emphasized on the need for the two countries to pursue their abiding commitment to not let their respective soils be used against each other.

The three parties agree to establish the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' dialogue mechanism to cooperate on issues of mutual interest, beginning with economic cooperation.

Aziz said the Afghan conflict can not be resolved only through military means, while a sustainable peace in Afghanistan requires a politically negotiated settlement through an Afghan-led Afghan owned peace process.

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