COAS, Chinese FM discuss CPEC, defence, strategic ties


Afghan FM Muttaqi acknowledges Pak role in uplift, peace in Afghanistan

Army Chief General Asim Munir said on Sunday that he was committed to fully support the CPEC project and valued strategic relations with China.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang met Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir at GHQ Rawalpindi. During the meeting, issues of mutual interest and regional security situation were discussed. Defence cooperation was also discussed in the meeting.

During the meeting, Army Chief General Asim Munir said that Pakistan was determined to fully support the strategic relations with China and the CPEC project. The Army Chief also appreciated China’s role in supporting Pakistan on regional and global issues.

According to ISPR, the Chinese foreign minister stressed the importance of long-term strategic relations between the two countries. The Chinese Foreign Minister also expressed his satisfaction over the progress on the CPEC projects and his determination to complete the projects on time. The Chinese Foreign Minister also appreciated the role of the armed forces in the CPEC projects for the security of the Chinese people. The spokesman of the Pakistan Army said that the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan also met the Army Chief. On this occasion, the relations between the two countries and the border management were discussed.

COAS Asim Munir

Meanwhile, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Sunday acknowledged Pakistan’s role in facilitating development and peace in Afghanistan.

The Afghan foreign minister called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir at the General Headquarters (GHQ) here and expressed the desire for close cooperation with Pakistan to promote regional peace and prosperity, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release. According to the army media wing the COAS and Afghan foreign minister discussed issues of mutual interest, including aspects related to regional security, border management, and formalisation of bilateral security mechanisms for improvement in the current security environment.

The COAS stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the two brotherly neighbours to effectively tackle the common challenges of terrorism and extremism, the ISPR added. General Asim reiterated the need for full support and commitment from the Afghan Interim Government in matters of mutual interest. Foreign Minister Muttaqi appreciated Pakistan’s traditional support for the people of Afghanistan and acknowledged the important role that Pakistan continues to play in facilitating peace and development in Afghanistan. He also expressed his desire to work closely with Pakistan to promote regional stability and prosperity. Both sides agreed on the importance of maintaining regular contacts to strengthen bilateral ties and address issues of common concern.

The COAS reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a stable, peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.