ISLAMABAD: China’s foreign minister says Pakistan has played a key role in eliminating terrorism and the world should support Pakistan in its efforts to fight extremism.
Wang Yi met his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday to discuss matters of mutual interest, including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Wang arrived Friday night for a three-day visit. He said in a news conference that China wants to help strengthen and stabilize Pakistan’s economy and enhance strategic relations between the two countries.
Beijing has pledged $57 billion in loans for Pakistan as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative, deepening ties at a time when Islamabad's relations with Washington are fraying over how to deal with militants waging war in Afghanistan.
He said China, the US and other powers should support Pakistan’s effort to fight terrorism and improve governance and socio-economic conditions.
Qureshi said they discussed regional security, the peace process in Afghanistan and strengthen strategic cooperation.
Wang will also meet the prime minister, president, army chief and other top officials.