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China welcomes Khan, Modi exchanging pleasantries

IANS  |  Beijing 

on Friday welcomed the exchange of pleasantries between and his Pakistani counterpart Khan on the re-election of the Indian leader.

hoped the two arch-rivals would continue to show goodwill and resolve the issue through dialogue.

"has noted the interaction between the two leaders and we welcome that. Both the countries are important in and harmony between them serves the fundamental interests of both sides and it is the common aspiration of the international community," said

"We hope the two sides can continue to show goodwill, meet each other halfway, resolve differences through dialogue, improve their relations and jointly uphold regional peace and security," he said.

Khan congratulated on on the latter's electoral win, saying he looked forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in

responded in a similar fashion "expressing gratitude for your good wishes. I have always given primacy to peace and development in our region".

and nearly went to war early this year after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed the attack.

is Pakistan's close ally and India's disconcerting neighbour that shares its border with both the countries who have a seething dispute over

China has indicated to peace between them, a proposal spurned by on the account of Beijing's close proximity with

is also constructing a multi-billion dollar China-Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through the disputed part of held by Pakistan and opposed by

Meanwhile, China's will be on a two-day Pakistan visit.

"At the invitation of the Pakistan Khan, Dutch and the German federal government, will pay visits to Pakistan, the and from May 26 to June 2," Lu said.

Wang will be meeting Pakistan's and have talks with Prime Minister Khan. He will exchange views on deepening the bilateral relations, international and regional issues of mutual interest.

"We are iron friends. We firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. Pakistan has been the priority in China's Now there is sound momentum made in our cooperation and frequent high-level exchanges," Lu said.

"We are deepening our mutually beneficial cooperation and conducting close coordination in international and regional forums. Prime Minister attended the second Belt and Road Forum in China last month and he met President and and Wang," he said, adding both sides signed many bilateral cooperation agreements.

"We believe Wang's visit will further deepen our high-level exchanges, friendship and mutual trust, advance our CPEC development and cooperation across the board and inject new impetus in a closer community of shared future in the new era for our two countries."



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First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 18:10 IST