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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Pakistani president mamnoon hussain and his chinese counterpart xi jinping on thursday agreed to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts.

at a meeting xi said that china backs pakistan in practising a counter-terrorism strategy based on its national conditions and is willing to enhance bilateral security cooperation to safeguard the peace and stability of the two countries and the region.

mamnoon said that the “east turkistan” terrorism forces are a common enemy of pakistan and china and vowed to make joint efforts with china to combat terrorists. pakistan will take effective measures to ensure the safety of chinese citizens and projects in the country mamnoon said.

xi hailed the recent development of pakistan-china relations and said he is willing to pay a state visit to pakistan at a proper time to push bilateral strategic coordination and pragmatic cooperation to a new level.

mamnoon said that pakistani-chinese friendship is the foundation of pakistani foreign relations. pakistan appreciates china’s long-term support he said stressing that the government and the people expect xi to visit the country at an early date.

on economic cooperation xi called on the two countries to jointly promote the construction of the pakistan-china economic corridor an important part of the silk road economic belt.

he urged the two sides to ensure the operation of joint projects in the strategic gwadar port and lahore metro.

the two leaders witnessed the signing of a framework agreement on the orange line of the lahore rapid mass transit system.

mamnoon who attended the fourth summit of the conference on interaction and confidence building measures in asia (cica) on wednesday praised the success of the summit stressing he believes that china which holds the new presidency of the cica will promote cica to achieve greater development. — online

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