China vows to stand by Pakistan

September 27th, 2011 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 27 (IANS) Chinese Vice Premier Meng Jianzhu Tuesday told Pakistan that Beijing will keep on supporting Islamabad and the cooperation to eliminate terrorism will continue. The assurance comes amidst deteriorating ties between Pakistan and the US.

US officials have accused Pakistan and its spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, of supporting Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. Pakistan has denied the accusations.

Meng Jianzhu Tuesday met Interior Minister Rehman Malik, discussing a host of bilateral issues, including war against terror.

Both leaders discussed matters pertaining to mutual interests and the emerging geo-strategic situation of the region, reported Online news agency.

The Chinese vice premier arrived here Monday on a two-day official visit to hold talks with the Pakistani leadership.

The visit by the Chinese leader, who holds the public security portfolio, comes at a time of intense strain between Islamabad and Washington with the US pressurising Pakistan to launch an offensive against suspected militant elements in North Waziristan tribal agency.

Meng told journalists that China stands firm with Pakistan in bad and good times.

He reaffirmed China’s continuing support to Pakistan in its fight against militancy and promotion of regional peace and stability.

Rehman Malik thanked China for its support to Pakistan on all issues of major concern to the country and its people.

Malik said that China’s enemy is Pakistan’s enemy.

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