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Pakistan and China today held the Second Maritime Cooperation Dialogue in Islamabad. The Pakistan delegation was led by Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi, Additional Secretary (Asia Pacific) while the Chinese side was headed by Mr. Kong Xuanyou, Assistant Minister (Asia and Consular Affairs). Representatives from various government departments of two sides also attended the Dialogue.

The two sides expressed satisfaction over the progress achieved since the first round of Dialogue held in Beijing on 8 July 2014. Both sides reviewed overall Maritime situation in the region, security of Sea Lines of Communication, anti-piracy cooperation, rescue and relief operations, maritime science and technology cooperation and exchanges between the two navies. It was agreed to enhance cooperation in the Maritime domain between Pakistan and China.

Later, Assistant Minister Kong called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz and discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues. The Adviser appreciated the deep rooted friendship that exists between the two countries. Lauding the Chinese initiative of ‘One Belt – One Road’, the Adviser stressed need for greater Maritime cooperation between the two countries especially as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was its flagship. Assistant Minister Kong expressed satisfaction over the progress in Bilateral Maritime Cooperation Dialogue, adding that many new proposals have been shared by both the sides which would further promote cooperation between the two countries.

02 February 2016

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