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Sartaj terms friendship with China as cornerstone of foreign policy

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Saturday described friendship with China as the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy.

Sartaj Aziz was taking to a delegation of Chinese Peoples Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), led by Ambassador Lu Shumin, at the Foreign Office.

The delegation is one a three day visit to Pakistan at the invitation of Islamabad Council of World Affairs (ICWA). The call was followed by lunch hosted by Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi, Additional Secretary (Asia Pacific) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

‘Pakistan and China are time tested friends. This friendship is based on mutual trust and respect. Our strategic cooperative relationship is an anchor for regional peace and stability,’ the adviser said, according to the Foreign Office.

He said Pakistan adheres to One China Policy and supports China on all issues relating to its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity including Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong. Major trends in Asian political scene and regional situation were discussed.

The Adviser appreciated CPIFA and ICWA’s contribution to enhancing better understanding between the two countries.

He stated that the exchange of such delegations comprising senior experiences members strengthens people-to-people contacts especially among scholars, diplomats and distinguished citizens of the both countries and contributes to better relations between Pakistan and China.

Ambassador Lu Shumin briefed the Adviser on the deliberations held with ICWA. He condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan and lauded the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan and its security forces in its fight against terrorism and extremism, which has also helped maintain regional peace and stability. He also praised the peace of projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). NNI

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