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Chinese, Pakistani FMs pledge to jointly combat terrorism

(Xinhua)    09:53, May 23, 2019

KYRGYZSTAN-BISHKEK-WANG YI-PAKISTANI FM-MEETING

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 22, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Yong)

BISHKEK, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the capital of Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, with both sides pledging to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation.

The China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership has been developed in the joint construction of the Belt and Road, Wang said while meeting with Qureshi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers' meeting.

The two sides should jointly implement consensuses reached between leaders of China and Pakistan when Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) in Beijing, Wang said.

The two countries should enhance high-level exchanges, strengthen pragmatic cooperation, and promote bilateral ties to achieve new development given the complicated and changing international situation, he added.

Wang condemned a recent terrorist attack against the Pearl Continental Hotel in the Pakistani port city of Gwadar, saying China appreciates Pakistan's efforts in combating terrorism.

China believes that Pakistan will strengthen security and protection for Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan and maintain bilateral cooperation, Wang added.

For his part, Qureshi said Pakistan is willing to jointly prepare for high-level exchanges for the next stage and implement the outcomes of the second BRF, so as to deepen bilateral cooperation by strengthening the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as a central theme and promote bilateral ties so that they will yield more results.

Pakistan shares the same goal with China in combating terrorism and extremism, Qureshi said.

Pakistan will do its best to protect Chinese personnel and institutions in the country, continue to enhance bilateral cooperation on anti-terrorism within multilateral frameworks and preserve the two countries' common interests as well as regional peace and stability, Qureshi said.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Afghanistan issue, agreed to strengthen communication and coordination, jointly promote a prompt political settlement of the Afghanistan issue and preserve regional peace and stability.

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