Pakistan, China leaders tackle bilateral relations, regional situation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday and discussed bilateral and regional matters of mutual interests during his two-day official visit.

In a statement, the Prime Minister thanked Chinese President and the government for its principled stand on Kashmir issue during the meeting.

He particularly mentioned Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi’s stand on Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly.

He mentioned that China supported Pakistan in difficult times everywhere.

Khan briefed the president about Pakistan’s present situation, adding Pakistan has come out of difficult economic situation and we will never forget China’s financial cooperation in this regard.

He expressed his gratitude that China has never asked anything for its support against our national interest and helped us without any conditionality.

The premier said that China provided Pakistan an opportunity to come out of very difficult economic situation and appreciated the Chinese support under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework.

The meeting came at a time when tensions along the Pakistan-India border and Indian administered Kashmir has risen after Indian government revoked disputed Kashmir’s special status with a presidential order last month.

Pakistan after degrading diplomatic ties with New Delhi over the issue has asked United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities for the maintenance of international and regional peace and security in accordance with the UN Charter and the relevant resolutions of the UNSC.

However, India has insisted that Kashmir is its internal matter and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it. Indian government argued that the changes to Kashmir’s status would bring economic development and infrastructure improvements to the region.

The Prime Minister congratulated president Xi on the 70th anniversary of founding of People’s republic of China.

The Chinese President lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for speaking on China-Pakistan relations during UN General Assembly’s session. He said both enjoyed close friendly relations and cooperated each other in different fields. Both leaders agreed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan would promote economic development and connectivity in the region while expressing resolve to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, said Pakistan Foreign Office press release.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, other ministers and senior officials.

Source: Kuwait News Agency