BEIJING: The first China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers strategic dialogue will be held here on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Geng Shuang announced here.
“The strategic dialogue will be co-chaired by Foreign Shah Mahmood Qureshi and China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi,” he said during his routine briefing.
Giving the detail, the spokesperson said, the two sides will exchange views on China-Pakistan relations and international and regional issues of common concern.
He pointed out that in recent times, India-Pakistan relations and regional situation were tense and hoped the two sides were likely to touch this issue in the dialogue.
“What I want to say here is that as a friendly neighbor of India and Pakistan, China actively promotes peace and promotes talks and has played a constructive role in easing tensions in the near future,” he said.
The Chinese side would continue to encourage India and Pakistan to move in the same direction, resolve differences through dialogue and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability, he added.
While commenting on the first meeting between officials of India and Pakistan to discuss Kartarpura corridor, he welcomed this latest interaction between both the countries.
He hoped that the relevant progress would help further promote the easing of India-Pakistan relations and the development of the regional situation.
“India and Pakistan are neighbors who cannot move. It is in the fundamental interests of both sides to live in harmony with each other and is also the common expectation of the international community,” he added.
The spokesperson also hoped that the two sides would continue to demonstrate goodwill and move in the same direction, to resolve differences through dialogue, improve relations, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.
Responding to a question, he said he was unable to predict which specific issues would be discussed in the strategic dialogue between the foreign ministers of China and Pakistan.
“But as I said earlier, the dialogue will definitely involve China-Pakistan bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern,” he added.
To a question about the listing issue, he said the position of the Chinese side was already very clear and he would not repeat it here.
He emphasized that China would continue to handle this matter in a constructive and responsible manner and maintain close communication with all parties including India and Pakistan.