COAS and Afghan Acting FM discussed issues of mutual interest including aspects related to regional security
Naveed Ahmad Khan
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Syed Asim Munir on Sunday met with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang and discussed matters of mutual interest including regional security and defence cooperation.
During the meeting, the COAS reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to China-Pakistan Strategic relationship, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release said.
The COAS also pledged full support for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which was a vital component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
He also appreciated China’s unwavering support for Pakistan on regional and international issues.
Foreign Minister Qin Gang underscored the importance of the longstanding strategic relationship between the brotherly nations and expressed his satisfaction over the progress made on the CPEC while reiterating China’s commitment to its timely completion.
He also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability, especially the support of the Pakistan Armed Forces for the provision of security to Chinese Nationals and projects in Pakistan.
The two dignitaries also discussed the evolving security situation in the region. COAS acknowledged China’s role in promoting peace and stability in the region, and both sides agreed to enhance their existing cooperation in defence and security domains to effectively counter common security challenges.
The meeting concluded on a positive note, with both sides reiterating their resolve to further strengthen the time-tested, all-weather friendship between Pakistan and China.
Earlier, COAS and Afghan Acting FM discussed issues of mutual interest including aspects related to regional security, border management, and formalization of bilateral security mechanisms for improvement in the current security environment. COAS stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the two brotherly neighbours to effectively tackle the common challenges of terrorism and extremism. He reiterated the need for full support and commitment from the Afghan Interim Government in matters of mutual interest.
Foreign Minister Muttaqi appreciated Pakistan’s traditional support for the people of Afghanistan and acknowledged the important role that Pakistan continues to play in facilitating peace and development in Afghanistan. He also expressed his desire to work closely with Pakistan to promote regional stability and prosperity.
Both sides agreed on the importance of maintaining regular contacts to strengthen bilateral ties and address issues of common concern.
The COAS reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.