(Web Desk) – A meeting was held between Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People s Republic of China on 23 April 2018 at Beijing. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan is on his visit to China to attend the Council of Foreign Minister s meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It would be the first time that the Foreign Minister of Pakistan participates in the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers  meeting after membership of Pakistan in SCO.

The Foreign Minister congratulated Mr. Wang Yi on his reelection as Foreign Minister and elevation as State Councilor. He also congratulated him on re-election of President Xi Jinping as President of People s Republic of China and as the “Core” leader of CPC.

In the meeting, the two sides exchanged in-depth views on all matters of mutual concern. Foreign Minister appreciated the vibrant role of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the region as a significantly vital forum for regional cooperation. He underlined Pakistan s support to China s active chairmanship of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2017-2018. Pakistan looks forward to a productive and fruitful meeting of Heads of State of SCO to be held in Qingdao in June 2018.

Foreign Minister also appreciated the Chinese initiative for Pakistan-China-Afghanistan Foreign Ministers  Trilateral Mechanism for enhancing cooperation with Afghanistan. He also apprised him of the grave situation prevailing in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

State Councilor Mr. Wang Yi stated that Pakistan and China are close friends and all-weather strategic cooperative partners. He appreciated Pakistan s active participation in Shanghai Cooperation Organization and all its mechanisms. He expressed China s strong support for Pakistan s contribution to enhancing regional peace and cooperation and its relentless and tireless efforts in countering terrorism.

Both sides agreed to enhance and further deepen their bilateral cooperation and pledged to play a key role in regional stability through Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its forums.