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Pakistan‚ China to strengthen coordination on regional issues

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BEIJING: Pakistan and China have vowed to promote policies to advance peace‚ cooperation‚ and harmony in the region.

During the first official visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing on Friday, the leadership of both the countries also reaffirmed their commitment to pursue policies to mitigate poverty‚ promote socio-economic development and diminish the roots of conflict.

A joint statement says the two sides decided to further deepen practical cooperation in all sectors and strengthen coordination and cooperation on international and regional issues.

The Chinese leadership reaffirmed that its relationship with Pakistan has always been a matter of highest priority in its foreign policy‚ and it would continue to strengthen this strategic partnership.

They appreciated Pakistan’s long-term‚ staunch support on issues concerning China’s core interests and assured to continue its full support to Pakistan in its efforts to uphold its independence‚ sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Chinese side agreed to support the efforts of Pakistani government in addressing its urgent energy needs.

The two sides agreed to hold the third meeting of the China-Pakistan Joint Energy Working Group at the earliest and deepen cooperation in conventional energy‚ renewable energy and other sources of energy.

Both sides agreed to start work on the long-term plan for Pakistan-China Economic Corridor speedily. They also agreed to support enterprises of two countries on establishment of Industrial zones in Gwadar.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed the strong commitment of his government to further promote and deepen bilateral strategic cooperation between the two countries.

He appreciated China’s support and assistance for Pakistan’s sovereignty and socio-economic development.

The two sides reaffirmed their support for the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process‚ and agreed to work with the regional countries and the international community to help Afghanistan achieve peace‚ stability and security.

Asad Haroon
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