China lauds Pakistan for its efforts against terrorism

09:08 AM | 8 Sep, 2017
China lauds Pakistan for its efforts against terrorism
BEIJING - The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi appreciated its closest ally Pakistan on Friday for its efforts to curb terrorism.

Addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, the official expressed that the relationship between China and Pakistan remained rock firm and unbreakable.

Wang Yi said he discussed the regional situation with his Pakistani counterpart adding Pakistan and China are a steady anchor for regional peace.

"We are determined to further cement Pak-China strategic ties," said Wang Yi and vowed that both the countries would continue safeguarding each other's interests.

The Chinese official maintained that a joint effort was needed to confront terrorism instead of blame game and hoped that Pak-Afghan relations prosper in future.

He also said that China would continue to play its part in minimising differences between Pakistan and its neighbour Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has been severely affected by terrorism and it has sacrificed a lot over a span of several years," said Wang Yi and added China will continue to play its role for Pakistan's progress and development.

The Chinese diplomat further stated that no other country could understand Pakistan as much as China does.

On the other hand, Asif who arrived in Beijing on a one-day tour said that his meeting with Wang Yi remained fruitful as both the countries exchanged views over regional and strategic issues.

He also confirmed his telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan and observed that only a political solution was needed in the country.

"I would meet Afghan Foreign Minister before the session of UN General Assembly," described Asif.

The Foreign Minister expressed that China was playing a crucial role for peace in Afghanistan.

'Pak-China relations are based on mutual trust' noted Khawaja Asif.

He continued that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project was the flagship project envisioned by Chinese president for the prosperity of region which would provide opportunities for regional and international trade.

'Peace in Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest' clarified Asif.

Khawaja Asif who was recently appointed as Foreign Minister under Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi decided to muster support of regional allies after the announcement of new Afghan policy by US President Donald Trump.

The minister who arrived in Beijing a few hours ago will also head to Turkey and Iran as well.