FM Qureshi meets Chinese counterpart in Dushanbe
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Yang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ Council meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, reported 24News HD TV channel.
During the meeting, the two foreign ministers discussed the matter of mutual interests, CPEC and Pak-China bilateral relations as well as the regional and international situation.
Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed condolences on the tragic incident in which a bus carrying Chinese workers plunged into a ravine after developing a mechanical failure. The foreign minister requested his Chinese counterpart to convey sentiments to the families who lost their lives in the incident.
The FM felicitated the Chinese foreign minister on centenary celebrations of the Communist Party of China and reaffirmed the resolve to strengthen cooperation. He remarked that Pakistan and China were iron-clad brothers. Both the countries share a common understanding of various regional and international issues and had been supporting each other on issues of core interests, he said.
The two foreign ministers had an in-depth discussion on the overall regional security situation, with a particular focus on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. There was a consensus that in view of the latest situation, a close coordinated approach was extremely critical to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed the Chinese Foreign Minister on Pakistan’s consistent efforts to facilitate the Afghan peace process.
The two foreign ministers agreed to continue close coordination and agreed to meet in near future.