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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met his Chinese counterpart, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today. This was their fourth meeting since the Foreign Minister assumed office in April 2022.

During the meeting, the two sides had a comprehensive exchange of views on the entire spectrum of bilateral partnership and multilateral cooperation, including at the United Nations.

The Foreign Minister conveyed profound gratitude to the Chinese leadership, government and people for China’s prompt support and robust assistance to Pakistan in the wake of catastrophic floods, which was a true reflection of time-tested ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between Pakistan and China.

Recalling the summit meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and President Xi Jinping in Samarkand on 16 September 2022, the two Foreign Ministers reaffirmed full commitment to further deepening of strategic cooperation, extending strong support for each other’s core interests and major concerns, enhancing economic engagement, accelerating high-quality development of CPEC, and strengthening bilateral security cooperation.

The Foreign Minister highlighted Pakistan’s close convergence with China on multilateral issues premised on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, multilateralism, free trade, and development. He appreciated China’s contributions for global socio-economic development through open and inclusive initiatives like BRI and Global Development Initiative(GDI).

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari agreed to remain in close contact with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

19 September 2022

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