President thanks China for NSG, SCO support

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Mamnoon-Xi meet in Tashkent

Tashkent—President Mamnoon Hussain met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Thursday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit.
The two leaders discussed about the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
They agreed that discrimination should not be carried out in the membership of NSG however; balance of power in the region will be distorted if only India is approved of the membership.
President Mamnoon said that strategic partnership is present between Pakistan and China. He reiterated that no compromise will be made on CPEC.
President Mamnoon Hussain thanked China for supporting Pakistan in its resolve to achieve membership of NSG and SCO. Both the leaders agreed to work together for regional peace and stability.
Mamnoon Hussain said that his country firmly supports China’s principles and positions on issues concerning the South China Sea as well as Taiwan and Tibe, a Chinese News Agency reported.
Mamnoon Hussain thanked China for supporting Pakistan in its efforts to achieve membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group. He appreciated China’s stance on membership of NSG for the aspiring countries.
The two heads noted that giving membership of NSG to India alone will disturb the balance of power in the region.
The President also thanked for Chinese support for membership of SCO.
also lauded China’s stand on Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity and its condemnation of recent drone strike in Balochistan.
The two leaders said no compromise will be made on the flagship project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The President said Pakistan is committed for completion of various projects under the CPEC and will begin developmental work in the selected industrial zones in the current year.
He said Pakistan stands by its one China Policy. President Mamnoon Hussain said that there was no place in Pakistan for the enemies of China.
He also said on the occasion that Pakistan and China’s friendship had remained firm despite difficulties and trials. “There exists a strategic partnership between China and Pakistan,” he said.
Mamnoon Hussain thanked President Xi Jinping for China’s stance in favour of Pakistan’s sovereignty and security.
Talking to media President Mamnoon Hussain Thursday stressed unity among Muslim countries to counter the negative propaganda against Islam. “I am a great supporter of Islamic countries that can discourage those who unnecessarily malign Muslims,” the President told media during his visit to the Hazrat Imam Complex in old Sibzar district of Tashkent.
He said being united could help the Muslim states overcome their numerous challenges.
He lauded the vision of Uzbek President Islam Karimov who had brought development and prosperity to his people.
The President took tour of various sections of the Hazrat Imam Complex, that comprises architectural monuments including the madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari.
President Mamnoon also witnessed the world’s famous Quran of Caliph Uthman written in eighth century that has been preserved at the Complex.
The President also visited the Amir Temur Museum which has a collection of more than 3,000 exhibits depicting the ancient history of Uzbekistan. He evinced keen interest in the historic relating to the life and activity of Amir Temur including his manuscripts, weapons, old clothes, utensils, and coins.—APP

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