Chinese envoy calls on foreign secy


ISLAMABAD: China’s Special Envoy on Afghan Affairs, Ambassador Sun Yuxi called on Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Saturday. The foreign secretary congratulated the Ambassador Sun Yuxi on his appointment as special envoy and extended best wishes in his mission. 
During the wide-ranging talks, the foreign secretary underscored the convergent interests and shared goals of both Pakistan and China about Afghanistan. Both sides reaffirmed their resolve to support all efforts for a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan. They also underlined the importance of international support to Afghanistan during its transitions, including a peaceful democratic transition.
The foreign secretary emphasised that continued support and assistance for reconstruction and economic development would reinforce efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan. 
Aizaz reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to counter-terrorism and in this regard, highlighted the thrust of operation Zarb-e-Azb against all terrorists and their hideouts. The special envoy expressed China’s solidarity with Pakistan in this endeavour and appreciated Pakistan’s contribution to global efforts against terrorism.
The foreign secretary also highlighted Pakistan’s constructive engagement to promoting regional cooperation. In this context, the two sides conferred on the Ministerial Meeting of the Heart of Asia (Istanbul Process) to be held in Tianjin, China. Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to work closely with China for a successful Ministerial Conference.

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