FM expresses gratitude to China for its “steadfast support” in the Kashmir conflict and backing for China’s key national interests
The need of “peace and stability in Afghanistan” for the “socioeconomic development and prosperity” of the area was stressed by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday. He also pledged to cooperate with all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful Afghanistan.
Following the 4th Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue, the minister spoke at a news conference alongside Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang.
FM Bilawal said that during today’s dialogue, Pakistan and China noted “that peace and stability in Afghanistan remain vital for socio-economic development, connectivity, and prosperity in the region” and that they “will continue to work together with all stakeholders for a peaceful, stable, prosperous, and united Afghanistan.”
He said that China and Pakistan assist one another on “issues of core national interests” in their bilateral interactions with other nations as well as in multilateral fora.
He expressed his gratitude for China’s “steadfast support” of all of Pakistan’s key national interests, “including its principled position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute”.
“the Jammu and Kashmir conflict”
According to the minister, Pakistan “will continue to firmly support China on all core issues of its national interests,” such as Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, and the South China Sea. He continued by saying that the two countries have stood together for many years and would do so in the future.
“High-level exchanges and bilateral consultative mechanisms are essential for maintaining the momentum of the long-cherished relationship,” FM Bilawal added.
According to Bilawal, he was “delighted to see the 4th Strategic Dialogue convened shortly after the bilateral political consultations that took place in March 2023 in Beijing”. According to him, Pakistan and China have been friends for 72 years, and their relationship “has grown over the years and enjoys support across generations and political divide.”
“In our discussions today, we had a thorough exchange of viewpoints on all aspects of our bilateral collaboration. In light of recent developments, we saw the importance of this alliance for the mutual benefit of our two countries, he added.
Both parties acknowledged the significance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to its high-quality construction, according to the foreign minister.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which remains a shining example of the Belt and Road cooperation, which accelerated socio-economic development, job creation, and improved peoples’ livelihood in Pakistan,” he continued.
The FM insisted that the CPEC was still a win-win project that was available to international investors. He went on to say that Pakistan was appreciative of China “for its generous and timely assistance” as it struggled to overcome challenges in the world economy.
According to Bilawal, the friendship between Pakistan and China is unbreakable, and their “mutual warmth and trust was a shining example of multilateral cooperation”.
According to him, Pakistan is still opposed to bloc politics and all forms of rivalry between superpowers, and it
He said that the nation will continue to work with China to advance “south-south cooperation,” particularly in view of “emerging global concerns like human-induced climate change.”
The two nations’ commitment to “continue to engage in mutually beneficial cooperation to provide tangible benefits to both people” was reaffirmed by FM Bilawal.