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Pakistan delegation, led by Mr. Aizaz A. Chaudhry, Additional Foreign Secretary (UN & EC), held 7th round of Pakistan-China bilateral consultations in Beijing today. Chinese delegation was led by Mr. Qui Guohong, Director General for External Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Mr. Masood Khalid also attended the meeting.

During consultations, China acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices in its fight against terrorism. Both sides expressed complete satisfaction at the ongoing bilateral cooperation in counterterrorism and exchanged ideas on enhancing cooperation on the issue at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.

The Chinese delegation appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of Chinese personnel and investment projects in Pakistan. In this regard, Pakistan assured China of its continued close cooperation. In addition to sharing views on existing national and regional challenges posed by terrorism, the two sides also discussed the evolving political situation in the region and its possible impact on counterterrorism operations in the post-2014 phase.

The leader of the Pakistan delegation also called on Chinese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Cheng Guoping. During the meeting, Pakistan congratulated China on successful transition in its leadership. Recalling their unique bilateral relationship, both sides expressed their resolve to intensify and further deepen their existing cooperation on counterterrorism.

Pakistan and China hold regular and periodic consultations on Counterterrorism. The next round of consultations will be held in Islamabad during 2014.

15 April 2013

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