State Councillor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang will visit Pakistan from May 5 to 6 and attend the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in the country, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning announced on Thursday.
Ning said that this will be Gang’s first visit to Pakistan and remarked that the visit of the state councillor is also an important part of the recent intensive interaction between Beijing and Islamabad.
During the visit, Gang will meet with Pakistani leaders and co-chair the fourth strategic dialogue between the foreign ministers of China and Pakistan with FM Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
“Qin Gang will conduct face-to-face and in-depth communication on the relations between the two countries and the international and regional situation,” she added.
The spokesperson furthered that Beijing and Islamabad are all-weather strategic partners and “hardcore” friends, and the friendship between the two countries has been strong for a long time.
In November last year, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had visited China, and the leaders of the two countries pointed out the direction for the development of China-Pakistan relations, she added.
Ning said that China looks forward to promoting the implementation of the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries through this visit, further deepening the strategic communication and practical cooperation between China and Pakistan.
On the trilateral dialogue on Afghanistan, she said that at present, the Afghan people have gone through the most difficult period, but they are still facing serious challenges and urgently need more support and help from the outside world.
The spokesperson added that the international community should strengthen contact and dialogue with the Afghan interim government and support its reconstruction and development.
Ning said that the meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries and the dialogue between the FMs of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan are important platforms for exchanges and cooperation on Afghanistan-related issues, which helps to gather the consensus of regional countries on the Arab issue.
“China looks forward to exchanging views with Afghanistan and Pakistan on the situation and trilateral cooperation through this dialogue between China, Afghanistan and Pakistan, expanding the consensus of the three countries, consolidating mutual trust between the three parties, and working together to promote regional peace, stability, development and prosperity,” she added.
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