Islamabad (September 08, 2018): The Chinese government´s top diplomat on Saturday held the first high-level meeting with his Pakistani counterpart since new Prime Minister Imran Khan took office. Both Foreign Ministers are scheduled to hold a joint press-conference today.
According to Foreign Office spokesperson, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was warmly welcomed by Pakistani counterpart as he reached Foreign Office to meet FM Qureshi.
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Both China and Pakistan agreed to strengthen the strategic cooperation.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on a three-day visit to Islamabad during which he is scheduled to meet he president, the prime minister, National Assembly speaker and the chief of army staff (COAS).
Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said delegation-level talks between the two delegations led by the two foreign ministers were also held at the Foreign Office.
“Chinese State Councillor Yi underscored Beijing’s firm support to Pakistan’s socioeconomic progress and development,” the FO spokesperson said.Yi also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan to be the guest of honour at the International Import Expo in China.
“China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), economic cooperation, cultural and educational exchanges and regional situation were discussed during the meeting,” the spokesperson further said.
Yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Pakistan on a three-day official visit. Foreign Minister spokesperson issued a statement upon his arrival, according to which higher authorities of Foreign Office received Chinese Foreign Minister at Islamabad airport. Chinese Foreign Minister will stay in Pakistan for three days, from September 7 to 9. Spokesperson said that the visit of Wang Yi would be the first high-level exchange between China and Pakistan after the establishment of the new Pakistani government.
‘We hope and look forward to this visit, continue the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan, promote mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and push China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership to a new height’, she added.She said that during the visit, Wang Yi will also meet the high-level leadership of Pakistan. The two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners. The two countries are good neighbours, good friends, and good brothers. China-Pakistan relations have maintained a good momentum of development. The two sides have maintained frequent high-level exchanges and pragmatic cooperation in various fields has progressed smoothly.