Wednesday, October 5, 2022

China to join the OIC meeting to strengthen ties with Muslim world: Wang

Wang Yi Foreign Minister of China said on Monday that Beijing would attend the 48th meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers, which will be held March 22-23, in order to develop a partnership with the Muslim world while also promoting unity and cooperation in the name of multilateralism.

In the aftermath of his bilateral meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists that the CFM’s theme of “Building Partnerships for Unity, Justice, and Development” was extremely relevant in the current situation — and that it was also the primary reason for the participation of China in the OIC conference.

The two foreign ministers discussed bilateral cooperation, the regional situation, as well as international concerns such as Afghanistan and Ukraine, in what FM Qureshi termed as a “very extensive and detailed conversation.”

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The meeting between the two ministers included discussions on a wide range of themes, including international challenges such as Afghanistan and Ukraine, as well as ways to increase Pakistan’s overseas exports.

Qureshi, who spoke at a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart, told the media that this was the first time the Chinese foreign minister will visit and speak at the CFM moot.

Earlier, at a ceremony attended by the two foreign ministers, both countries signed treaties aimed at boosting collaboration in the domains of higher education and agriculture, among other areas.

According to Qureshi, they also discussed the possibility of expanding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to include Afghanistan. The Chinese Foreign Minister promised a reassessment in light of the deteriorating situation in the war-torn country.

Qureshi stated that during discussions on trade and investment cooperation, China expressed a willingness to import Pakistani rice and wheat in order to increase the country’s exports.

In their meeting, the two foreign ministers discussed counter-terrorism cooperation as well as a coordinated approach to dealing with terrorist organizations such as ETIM and TTP.

Wang Yi praised Pakistan’s efforts to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in the country, and he applauded the firm measures taken against those responsible for the Dasu terrorist incident in Pakistan.

China has expressed gratitude to Pakistan for its help in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and Foreign Minister Qureshi told journalists that his counterpart has pledged the country of the country’s continued support till it is removed from the Grey List.

He also expressed gratitude to China for providing a $2 billion rollover to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to support Pakistan’s economy, and he mentioned his upcoming visit to China, which he said demonstrated the limits of interaction, cooperation, and understanding between the two countries and the world.

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