Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad on December 10, 2018.
Foreign Minister congratulated Vice Minister Kong on successful conclusion of Pakistan-China Bilateral Political Consultations. He said that Pakistan-China friendship has deep cultural, historical and institutional linkages and has become an ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’. Recalling Prime Minister’s Imran Khan successful visit to China in November, Foreign Minister said that it marks a milestone in the history of bilateral relations and has deepened the bond of trust and friendship between two nations. He highlighted that CPEC has added yet another dimension to bilateral ties and reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to complete this project as envisaged by the leadership of both the countries. He said that he is looking forward to participate in the 2nd meeting of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Trilateral mechanism to be held in Kabul on 15 December, 2018.
While reciprocating the sentiments of Foreign Minister Qureshi, Vice Foreign Minister Kong said that China attaches paramount importance to its relations with Pakistan. He expressed satisfaction at the momentum of bilateral relations and underscored the need to further enhance ties in political, economic, defense and cultural spheres. He appreciated Pakistan for its efforts to achieve goals of national development and extended China’s utmost support in this regard.
Both leaders also exchanged views on regional situation and multilateral issues of mutual concern and agreed to deepen strategic coordination and communication at all levels.
Pakistan-China Bilateral Political Consultations, 10 December 2018
The First Round of Political Consultations between Pakistan and China was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad on 10 December 2018. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani delegation whilst Chinese side was led by Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Kong Xuanyou.
Both sides held comprehensive discussions on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. They reaffirmed “All Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” between the two countries and expressed their satisfaction at the strong bilateral ties in political, economic, security, cultural and other spheres. The two sides also agreed to build upon the consensus reached between the leadership of two countries during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China.
Pakistan side conveyed that CPEC is a national priority for the Government and Pakistan remains committed to the successful implementation of CPEC. The two sides also resolved to work together towards completion of the ongoing projects and agreed to expand CPEC to new areas of cooperation in line with the vision of the leadership of Pakistan.
Both sides exchanged views on international political situation with a particular focus on Afghanistan and South Asia. They also expressed satisfaction at their robust cooperation in multilateral fora and reiterated their resolve to further augment it in the future.