President terms CPEC a fate changer for region
One-on-one meeting between Mamnoon Hussain and his Chinese counterpart was followed by delegation level talks.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project would change the fate of the region and Pakistan looks forward to speedy implementation of all projects under the flagship of Corridor. He said this during one-on-one meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Islamabad today.
The President stated that the security of Chinese nationals working in Pakistan is of paramount importance. The Government has approved rising of Special Security Division of Pakistan Army to provide security to Chinese nationals working on various projects in Pakistan.
One-on-one meeting was followed by delegation level talks between the two sides.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan and China enjoy Omni-dimensional relationship.
Expressing the need to reinforce the strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China, the President stated that the foundation for the time-tested and all weather friendship between the two countries is cemented by mutual trust, excellent cooperation and convergence of views on regional and global issues.
Talking about relations with India, the President said that Pakistan has made sincere efforts to improve relations with its neighbour although India continues to issue hostile statements. He expressed concern regarding India’s recent arms-buying spree which could disturb the strategic balance in South Asia. Emphasizing the need for sustainable peace between Pakistan and India, the President said that Pakistan wants an equitable and just resolution of all outstanding issues with India including Jammu and Kashmir. The President stated that frequent unprovoked ceasefire violations by India along the working boundary and the Line of Control have the potential to divert Pakistan’s attention from the Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
The President expressed gratitude for China’s military assistance to Pakistan and stated that further capacity building of the Pakistani armed forces is essential for the overall security and stability of South Asia.
Expressing concern over the deteriorating situation in Yemen, President Mamnoon Hussain said that the whole region will be affected if the crisis stays unresolved.
He apprised that Pakistan has simultaneously engaged with Saudi Arabia as well as with Turkey and Iran to promote a peaceful political resolution of Yemen crisis.
The President further apprised that Pakistan has also urged the Iranian leadership to use its influence with the Houthis in Yemen to lay down their arms and participate in the dialogue process.
The President noted that Pakistan and China enjoy convergent views on Afghanistan since both countries support a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The President underscored that Pakistan supported One China policy and also supports China on its issues of core interest like Taiwan, Tibet and human rights. The President said that the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) endangers not only China’s stability but also that of Pakistan.