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Pak pledges full support to China on all core issues

Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz(2nd L) holds a talk with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi(2nd R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing Apr27, 2016. REUTERS/Iori Sagisawa/Pool

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan has pledged to oppose any attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty following talks between a visiting senior Chinese official and Pakistani authorities.

The Chinese State Commissioner for counter terrorism and security, Cheng Guoping, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and National Security Adviser Lt. General (Retd.) Naseer Khan Janjua, reports the Express Tribune.

According to a statement from the Foreign Office, Fatemi and the Chinese State Commissioner reviewed all aspects of bilateral relationship, with a special focus on security, economic development and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“Both sides noted that the all-weather friendship between the two countries has withstood the test of time, notwithstanding changes in the international, regional and domestic environments,” the Foreign Office said.

Noting the importance of CPEC for the economic development of Pakistan, the two sides stressed that timely completion of the corridor’s projects.

The Prime Minister’s advisor affirmed that friendship with China was the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

He further stated that Pakistan supports China on all its core issues, while firmly opposing any attempt to undermine China’s sovereignty.

“Pakistan will continue to support China’s efforts to combat the three evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism,” he added.

The Chinese State Commissioner thanked Pakistan for its consistent support to China on issues of core interest to it.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the continued progress in bilateral relations in all fields and expressed their resolve to work towards further solidifying political relations, deepening economic bonds and security cooperation to achieve the goal of China-Pakistan “Community of Shared Destiny”. (ANI)