Foreign Minister’s telephone call with newly appointed Chinese counterpart

(Staff Report):

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a telephone conversation today with H.E. Mr. Qin Gang, the newly appointed Foreign Minister of China.

Conveying his felicitations on Foreign Minister Qin’s new appointment, the Foreign Minister noted that Pakistan and China are time-tested friends and All-Weather Partners, with a long history of mutual supportand cooperation.

The two Foreign Ministers discussed regional issues of mutual interest. They reaffirmed commitment of Pakistan and China to advance the bilateral All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.

The Foreign Minister thanked Foreign Minister Qin for China’s active participation in and support for the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan being held today. China’s generous and timely assistance for post-flood reconstruction was a source of comfort for millions in Pakistan, and served as a glowing example of international cooperation.

With the approach of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Foreign Minister conveyed his best wishes and warm greetings to Foreign Minister Qin and to H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Politburo Member and Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, whom Mr. Qin succeeded as Foreign Minister.