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China firmly backs Pak's sovereignty, core interests: Xi tells Hussain

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

has assured his Pakistani counterpart Hussain of China's firm backing in Islamabad's efforts to safeguard its sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests.

In his meeting with Hussain on June 9 on the sidelines of Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, Xi said attaches high importance to its relationship with Pakistan, told media here today.

Xi told Hussain that would like to maintain high-level and strategic exchanges, expand in all areas and enhance and under the China-Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Geng said answering a question about the meeting.

The two sides will also agreed to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation, he said.

"Xi stressed that will firmly support Pakistan's efforts in safeguarding its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.

China will support Pakistan's choice of development path and issues concerning Pakistan's core interests, Xi told Hussain and hoped will do the same in backing China's core interests.

Hussain said that China is a reliable friend and partner for

Pakistan-China relation are unshakable. Pakistan is committed to the One China Policy and support China's core interests," he said.

Pakistan stands ready to enhance overall cooperation with China, look forward to CPEC and stay in close coordination on major international issues, Hussain told Xi.

Pakistan also supports China in playing a big role in international affairs since it is of great importance to global stability and security, Hussain told Xi, Geng said.

The SCO summit concluded at yesterday. It was the first summit after the admission of and Pakistan into the eight-member grouping last year.

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 19:45 IST