The two Foreign Ministers took stock of the recent developments in relations between Pakistan and China and expressed satisfaction over the state of extensive cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual interest. They underscored the fact that the time-tested friendship between the two countries translated overtime into mutually beneficial strategic partnership, which was reflected in a number of projects currently in progress.
The two countries stood for peace, stability and development in the region and vowed to work together towards this end. They exchanged views on regional and international issues including Afghanistan and emphasized the importance of a smooth and timely transition in Afghanistan for regional stability.
The Ministers viewed with satisfaction their ongoing co-operation in the regional and multilateral forums.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi recalled the recent visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to the People’s Republic of China in the first week of June to attend the SCO Summit. In his meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice-President Xi Jinping, the leaders had set the course of future cooperation in areas of infrastructure development, regional connectivity, agriculture, energy and financial sectors. The Foreign Ministers underscored the need to implement the various decisions, pertaining to these areas, reached during their meetings.
The Chinese Foreign Minister appreciated contribution by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani in strengthening Pakistan-China relations. He recalled that the Chinese leadership had sent message of felicitations to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on the assumption of office with whom they wanted to work closely to bring Pakistan-China relations to new heights.
Agencies add: Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday said the menace of terrorism continues to be a major concern for both New Delhi and Islamabad, and added that the two nations need to look at it as regional players and share information with each other as part of trust building measure to be able to tackle the threat.
Khar, who is in the Cambodian capital to attend the ASEAN Ministerial meeting, emphasised that it is Pakistan, which suffers the most because of the menace of terrorism.
“Today, the problem that we face in the menace of terrorism is a common problem. If we are the first ones to suffer from that, then it is in our interest of both the countries to look at it as regional players and to be able to deal with this menace at a regional level and bilateral also,” Khar told reporters in Phnom Penh.
“So, we are committed in doing whatever we can to assist each other in dealing with this menace.
I think that is the approach we need to follow rather than an approach... And in the building of trust, I think it is also important that we will have to share information with each other before we share it with the media because that’s also a trust building measure because that shows that we are serious about resolving the issue rather than making an issue out of the issue,” she added.