Diplomatic: (Pak-China agree to deepen economic, security cooperation)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have agreed to deepen economic and security cooperation for further consolidation of all weather friendship between the two countries.

The understanding came at delegation level talks between the two sides here on Thursday. Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi represented their countries in the talks which focussed on cooperation in diverse fields including political, strategic and economic.

The two countries agreed to step up their counter terrorism cooperation in order to ensure safety of their peoples. The Chinese foreign minister informed the Pakistani side that the Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Islamabad at an early date this year.

He expressed the confidence that the visit will be historic and further enhance relations between the two countries which share common destiny. The Chinese foreign minister also appreciated Pakistan’s resolute steps against terrorism.

The two sides discussed the regional situation and the need for strategic balance in South Asia. The two sides also agreed to early operationalization of energy and infrastructure projects under Pakistan China Economic Corridor project.

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