State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi in Dushanbe on July 14, 2021, local time.
Wang Yi said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners. On issues related to their core interests, the two sides have always stood firmly together and have been unwavering in their mutual support, and this fine tradition should be maintained. China is willing to take the opportunity with Pakistan to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan, sum up the experience of the development of relations between the two countries, plan the next development direction, jointly respond to the changes in the international and regional situation, and push the relations between the two countries to a higher level. China will continue to provide vaccines to Pakistan to help it overcome the epidemic once and for all.
Qureshi warmly congratulated the Communist Party of China on its centennial birthday and expressed his country’s heartfelt welcome and support for China’s development and rise, and its commitment to further develop the traditional friendship between Pakistan and China. He thanked China for its valuable support in the fight against the epidemic. The Pakistan-China Economic Corridor project has been appreciated by both sides and the whole country, and the Pakistani side hopes to deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation between Pakistan and China, promote this major project to achieve more results and help the development and revitalization of Pakistan.
The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in Afghanistan and agreed that the current situation is full of challenges, but also breeds new opportunities. The “Afghan-owned and Afghan-led” approach should be put into practice. More attention should be paid to the role of Afghanistan’s neighbors and to strengthening communication and cooperation among stakeholders in order to jointly address and guide the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan. The two sides agreed to strengthen close coordination, prevent the resurgence of terrorist forces, promote the resumption of intra-Arab negotiations, establish a broad and inclusive political structure, and jointly promote the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
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