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Chinese Defense Minister meets Pak President and Prime Minister


Beijing: Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe met Pakistani leaders in Islamabad on Tuesday, a day after meeting Nepalese leaders in Kathmandu.

Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Wei, according to a statement from the Chinese Defense Ministry.

Noting that Pakistan and China are “dear brothers” and partners with a long friendship, Alvi said Pakistan will continue to support China on issues related to the South China Sea, Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet, and his country looks forward to working with China to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the construction of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, and sectors that include defense and security.

China’s success in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic is unparalleled and its efforts to alleviate poverty are unprecedented in human history, the prime minister said. He said the two countries should forge a more comprehensive and closer strategic cooperation to lift the ties of the “Iron Brothers” to a new height.

For his part, Wei said that the all-weather strategic cooperation partnership between China and Pakistan is unique in the world.

Under the leadership of the two countries, Wei said, both sides have strengthened cooperation in various aspects and firmly supported each other on issues involving their core interests.

China is willing to enhance strategic communication, strengthen mutual strategic trust, and enhance strategic coordination with Pakistan to elevate the relationship between the two armies to a higher level.

Meanwhile, China wishes to jointly face risks and challenges with Pakistan, firmly safeguard the sovereignty and security interests of both countries, and maintain regional peace and stability, Wei said.

During his visit, Wei also met with the Chairman of the Pakistan Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Nadeem Raza, and the Army Chief of Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, exchanging views on the international and regional situation, relations state and military bilateral relations and cooperation in defense equipment and technology.

(With input from Xinhua)

Hindustan Times