Chinese FM meets with Pakistani Chief of the Army Staff

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with Pakistani Chief of the Army Staff Syed Asim Munir on Saturday on the sidelines of the fifth China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Islamabad.

The foreign minister praised the solid friendship between China and Pakistan, pointing out that the two countries are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. China is looking forward to achieving higher-level cooperation with Pakistan, jointly meeting challenges and achieving common development, Qin said.

He added that China firmly supports Pakistan in achieving unity and stability as well as its self-reliant economic development and terrorism-crackdown efforts. China is willing to promote high-quality development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and strengthen military exchanges and defense cooperation, Qin said.

For his part, Munir said that China is Pakistan's ironclad brother, which has become a common consensus among the people of Pakistan. The Pakistan-China friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans and sweeter than honey. He added that the Pakistani army will firmly carry forward the friendship and build an unwavering Pakistan-China community with a shared future.

The two sides also exchanged views on Afghanistan and other international and regional issues of mutual interest and concern.

(Cover image: Soldiers parade on Pakistan's National Day in the capital Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2022. /CFP)

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