January 2003 News

Pakistan, China for talks on Kashmir

14 January 2003
The Daily Times

BEIJING: China and Pakistan on Tuesday called for resolving disputes including the Kashmir issue, Iraq-US conflict and Palestine through dialogue and other peaceful means.The countriesí senior officials at their meeting held in Beijing emphasised on negotiated and political settlements of bilateral, regional and international disputes.Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Wen Chang and Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan, who led their delegations at the meeting, resolved to maintain close contacts for taking a common stand on matters of mutual concern.Wang Wen said China appreciated Pakistanís efforts of resolving its disputes with India though peaceful means. His country, he added, would continue playing a positive and constructive role to promote peace, stability and development in South Asia.He said the China and Pakistan had a good relationship in the region. Promoting people-to-people contacts and developing a comprehensive partnership in all fields of mutual interest would further enhance the friendship, he added.Aziz Khan said Sino-Pak friendship would remain a corner stone of Pakistanís foreign policy. He hoped that their time-tested relationship would further grow with the passage of time.Cooperation between the two countriesí media organisations was also discussed at the meeting. The two countries underlined the need of promoting bilateral news exchange programmes and visits by media delegations to further strengthen the existing bonds of friendship.Pakistanís delegation included Ambassador Riaz Muhammad Khan, External Publicity Director General Noor Saghir Khan, Associated Press of Pakistan Managing Director Ashfaq Gondal, Principal Information Officer Akram Shaheedi and Ministry of Information Cyber Wing Director General Syed Iqbal Hussain.Later, the Chinese minister held a banquet in the visiting delegationís honour. ó APP

 

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