BEIJING: Pakistan and China have successfully completed the 5th round of strategic dialogue here on Friday.Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani represented Pakistan while Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying held dialogue on behalf of China.
While warmly greeting the Foreign Secretary to Beijing, Vice Foreign Minister Fu said the latest round of the strategic dialogue would further strengthen the “all-weather Pakistan-China partnership”. She said that the complex international environment necessitated deeper cooperation between the two countries.
Foreign Secretary Jilani said that the strategic dialogue was the most important interaction between the two countries.He said maintaining strong strategic cooperation with China was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.
The Foreign Secretary agreed with Vice Foreign Minister Fu that the two countries needed to close ranks to face the extraordinary global and regional challenges. Vice Foreign Minister Fu said China and Pakistan shared the same concerns on a host of regional and global issues, ranging from the question of UN Security Council reforms to the crisis in the Middle East.
Both countries were united in their desire to see peace and stability restored to Afghanistan.
China appreciated Pakistan’s vital role in the global war on terrorism and urged the international community to recognize Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices in this struggle.
She thanked Pakistan for its unwavering support on issues that related to China’s core interests, including Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. The Foreign Secretary pointed out that the two countries indeed enjoyed complete convergence of views on all important regional and global issues. He said that Pakistan regarded any threat to China’s interests as a threat to its own interests. Pakistan supported China’s efforts to resolve the South China Sea issue through peaceful means and diplomacy.
Foreign Secretary Jilani appreciated China’s firm and forthright support for Pakistan’s efforts for safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. He said Pakistan was looking forward to working with China and the Afghan government to push forward the political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The Foreign Secretary also expressed Pakistan’s appreciation for China’s consistent support for major infrastructure and development projects in Pakistan.
Foreign Secretary Jilani also asked Vice Foreign Minister Fu to convey the president’s and the prime minister’s best wishes to the Chinese leadership ahead of the upcoming 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The two leaders later conducted a comprehensive review of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two neighbours and close allies.