Pakistan, China presidents discuss array of issues
Tashkent (Online): President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Head of State Council Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The two leaders discussed a broad range of issues of mutual interest.
President Hussain stated that the friendship between the two countries is time tested and based on complete mutual trust, understanding and respect. The two countries enjoyed excellent cooperation and convergence of views on regional and global issues. President thanked China for its support to Pakistan for becoming full member of SCO.
Hussain stated that Pakistan was committed to the timely realization of all the projects under CPEC. He emphasized that CPEC would not only benefit Pakistan and China but would be a game changer for the entire region.
President Xi Jinping said that Pakistan and China are iron brothers and both nations enjoy an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.He expressed China’s complete support to Pakistan’s national security and territorial integrity. President Xi stated that CPEC was a flagship project of the One Belt One Road Initiative and China was committed to its successful completion.
Both sides expressed satisfaction over the progress of the CPEC related projects. They appreciated the various activities being carried out to celebrate 2016 as the 65th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China. They also expressed satisfaction on the bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, economy, culture, people to people contacts, defence and counter-terrorism.
The two leaders also discussed the subject of Pakistan’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). President Mamnoon Hussain stated that Pakistan had made notable efforts over the years to strengthen its export controls, command and control and nuclear safety and security. The President also said that any exception given for NSG membership could disturb strategic stability in South Asia.
Both sides reiterated support to each other’s core interests and expressed their intention to maintain close coordination.