Pakistan advocates peaceful co-existence, positive-sum gains in region: FM

Chinese FM reassures China's firm support to Pakistan in fight against Covid-19

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Pakistan was committed to pursuing policies of co-existence that promote peace and stability, development partnerships, and connectivity.

“Rather than partaking in geopolitical competition and rivalries, Pakistan is advocating co-existence and win-win cooperation,” the Foreign Minister said in his message on Pakistan Day.

The Foreign Minister said, “While fully resolved to protect our vital national security interests, our emphasis is shifting from geo-strategic to geo-economics.”

He termed March 23 an important landmark in the history of the nation to commemorate the valiant struggle of forefathers for a separate homeland.

The struggle began with the historic Pakistan Resolution of 1940, and culminated in the attainment of freedom seven years later, he added.

Qureshi said Pakistan Resolution truly reflected the deep national and historical aspirations and desires.

 

In addition, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi discussed with his Chinese counterpart the supply of COVID-19 vaccine from China to Pakistan during March-April 2021 to reinforce Pakistan’s capacity to effectively and expeditiously fight the pandemic.

In a telephonic conversation with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Qureshi underscored that Pakistan had devised an elaborate plan of vaccination across the country as part of its endeavours to combat the pandemic.

The foreign minister also thanked for Premier Li Keqiang’s thoughtful message wishing Prime Minister Imran Khan a speedy recovery from COVID-19.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi reassured that China will continue to firmly support Pakistan in its fight against the pandemic and accord highest priority to the requirements of its time-tested friend

Qureshi expressed gratitude to China for earlier gifting Pakistan 1.5 million doses of Chinese vaccine, underlining that it had played a pivotal role in protecting precious human lives.

Both foreign ministers reaffirmed their resolve to further deepen Pakistan-China’s “All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partnership”.

The two sides also agreed to maintain high-level exchanges.

Earlier this month, both foreign ministers also inaugurated a virtual ceremony that was held simultaneously in Islamabad and Beijing to mark the commencement of events across Pakistan and China to celebrate 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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