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Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou Visits Pakistan

2019/03/07

On March 6, 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou visited Pakistan. During his stay in Pakistan, Kong Xuanyou met respectively with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of Pakistan and held talks with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua of Pakistan. Both sides mainly exchanged in-depth views on the current situation between Pakistan and India as well as other relevant issues.

Kong Xuanyou said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners and have always firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. The Chinese side pays close attention to the current situation between Pakistan and India and appreciates Pakistan's gesture of remaining calm, exercising restraint and persisting in pushing to cool down the situation through dialogue with India. The Chinese side maintains that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be earnestly respected and is unwilling to see acts that violate the norms governing international relations. The Chinese side calls on Pakistan and India to refrain from taking actions that aggravate the situation, show goodwill and flexibility, launch dialogue as soon as possible, and work together to maintain regional peace and stability. The Chinese side is ready to continue to play a constructive role in this regard.

The Pakistani side said that China is Pakistan's most reliable friend and the Pakistani side has always taken its relations with China as the cornerstone of its foreign policy. The Pakistani side appreciates the Chinese side's objective and fair position on the situation between Pakistan and India and thanks for the Chinese side's efforts to cool down the situation. The Pakistani side reiterates that Pakistan is unwilling to see the escalation of the situation. The Pakistani side is willing to peacefully resolve bilateral conflicts and differences through dialogue with the Indian side, and welcomes the Chinese side and the international community to play an active role in this regard.

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