China seeks Pakistan US ties on mutual respect based


BEIJING - In response to recent remarks by US officials, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang, said Pakistan is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and that they hope that the US-Pakistan relationship will be based on a mutual trust.

"We have said many times that we are happy to see India, the United States and Pakistan, as well as the rest of the countries in the world, develop friendly relationships and cooperation with each other. 

We hope and believe that this kind of relationship will be conducive to promoting regional peace and stability and mutual trust between regional countries, and serve as a driving force of regional development and prosperity," Geng said. 

He added: “China welcomes the international community to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation and form a united front. Also, we are happy to see anti-terrorism cooperation between Pakistan and the United States based on mutual respect, and we hope they will be committed to regional and international security and stability."

US Secretary of State Tillerson, who arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday after stops in Kabul and Islamabad, said he conveyed to Pakistan's leaders "certain expectations" that the Trump administration had about controlling terror groups that operate from its soil.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press briefing that countries should support the Afghan government to achieve greater stability in the region.

“It is important that everybody supports the National Unity Government. This is the best way to help fight terrorism in Afghanistan and achieve greater security and stability for the whole region,” he said.

He said they assessed the reports on Russia’s ties with the Taliban during a NATO meeting. However, he said Moscow envoys have asserted that the allegations are baseless.

“We also had a frank exchange on the security situation in Afghanistan including the regional terrorist threats. Our analysis differs considerably, but we all share the same interest in ensuring security and stability in Afghanistan ,” he said.

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