China supported Pakistan by applauding its recent counter-terrorism measures in the aftermath of the February 14 attack in Pulwama.
“China commends Pakistan’s recent strong counter-terrorism measures at home,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters after meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi who arrived in China on Sunday. “We fully support Pakistan in carrying through its counter-terrorism campaign,” Wang said. “We also call on the international community to adopt a fair perspective of the commitments and efforts made by Pakistan over the years to combat terrorism,” Wang said.
“Pakistan appreciates the role China has played once again, standing by Pakistan in these difficult times,” Qureshi said. “We have been cooperating against this menace of terrorism, and we feel strengthening this in relevant fields is important,” he added. “We have made considerable progress vis-a-vis terrorism, we have paid a huge price, everybody recognises that.”
Wang welcomed Qureshi to Beijing by noting China calls Pakistan “our iron friends” because Islamabad “provides us with iron-like support” on Beijing’s core issues of concern. “Of course, China does the same,” Wang said.
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23 June, 2019