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Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz met Chinese Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi in Beijing today. Mr. Sartaj Aziz is visiting China to attend the 5th Foreign Ministers Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

During the meeting Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Mr. Wang Yi reviewed the Pakistan-China bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international developments. They expressed satisfaction at the pace of progress on implementation of agreed projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). They agreed that CPEC is an economic game changer for the region and would contribute to the objective of evolving a community of shared destiny by bringing benefits to not only Pakistan and China but to the entire region.

There was complete convergence of views between the two sides on regional and international developments. It was agreed that Pakistan and China will continue to work closely with the Afghan government in its efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. In this context, they recognized the importance of promoting the Quadrilateral Consultative Group (QCG) in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. The Chinese Foreign Minister conveyed appreciation for the sacrifices of Pakistan in countering terrorism and for its strong resolve in eliminating this menace.

Adviser Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi also agreed that on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations, the two countries shall enhance their partnership in all spheres with particular focus on people-to-people contacts and exchanges between the parliaments, think- tanks, academia, media and students.

27 April 2016

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