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Chinese and Pakistani EA ministers hold phone calls on bilateral relations and Afghan issue

Wang Yi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China, said on Saturday that he hoped China and Pakistan would seize the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations to open better prospects for their bilateral relations.

In a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Wang pointed out that the China-Pakistan rock-solid strategic cooperation partnership is unique and that the relationship between China and Pakistan has become a model of cooperation. friendly between countries.

The Chinese foreign minister noted that in the past 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the two countries have firmly supported each other on issues concerning the fundamental interests of each other, adding that China will continue to strongly support Pakistan in the face of the pandemic until it fully wins the fight against the virus.

China, Wang said, has always prioritized Pakistan in its vaccine cooperation; it stands ready to provide more support in its fight against the pandemic and to offer maximum convenience for the purchase of materials to fight the epidemic in China.

Likewise, China stands ready to work with Pakistan to intensify its efforts to implement the results of the video conference of Chinese, Afghan, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan foreign ministers on COVID- 19 and play a greater role in regional economic recovery, said the Chinese minister.

At the same time, Wang said, the precipitous withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan has seriously affected the national peace process in that country and has had a negative impact on regional stability.

Under such circumstances, China hopes that the United Nations will play its rightful role, that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will pay more attention to the situation, and that Afghanistan’s neighbors will strengthen communication, talk about one voice and take coordinated action, said Wang Yi.

Noting also that Pakistan has an important traditional influence on the Afghan issue, Wang said that China appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan and calls on all parts of the country to reach a political agreement acceptable to them. all of them and to jointly seek a development path adapted to the national conditions of Afghanistan.

Under the current circumstances, said the Chinese foreign minister, China, and Pakistan must continue to strengthen their strategic coordination in order to exert a more positive influence on the peace process in Afghanistan and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

For his part, Qureshi praised the landing of the Chinese Tianwen-1 probe on Mars and noted that bilateral relations have achieved fruitful results since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Pakistani foreign minister also said his country hopes to jointly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and advance the rock-solid strategic cooperation partnership with China.

He thanked China for its strong support in his country’s fight against COVID-19 and expressed hope that Pakistan will continue to strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with China.

Meanwhile, Qureshi noted, Pakistan welcomes the joint statement on the Afghan issue released at the China + Central Asia foreign ministers meeting, calling for US and NATO troops to leave Afghanistan. in an orderly and responsible manner.¬†Pakistan is supporting Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to play a greater role in advancing the peace process in Afghanistan, he added.

Finally, he said, Pakistan is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China through mechanisms such as the Pakistan-China-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue to jointly advance the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

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