ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have reiterated their desire to further expand and consolidate bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, economy and defence. This was discussed at a meeting between Federal Minister for Defence, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhao Hui, who called on the Minister here at the Parliament House on Wednesday.
The meeting exchanged views on matters of bilateral importance and underscored the need for closer cooperation between the two friendly countries in the areas of common interest.
The Minister informed the envoy that Pakistan attached great importance to its ties with China which is a time-tested friend and has always supported Pakistan in difficult times. The Minister also highlighted the contribution made by China towards strengthening the defence Industry of Pakistan particularly JF-17 Thunder Aircraft, Al-Khalid Tank and the F-22 Frigates for Pakistan Navy. He told Mr. Luo Zhao Hui that it was the earnest desire of Pakistan to have friendly ties with its neighbors and wanted to have peace and stability in the region.
The Chinese ambassador congratulated the Minister upon assumption the charge of Ministry of Defence. He told the Minister that there existed a vast scope of cooperation in the areas of trade, economy and defence and the two Countries needed to do more for further expanding the bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefits of the two sides. The forthcoming visit of President Pervez Musharraf to China also came under discussion at the meeting. The envoy said that the visit was of vital importance as it would further reinforce the ties between the two neighboring countries.-SANA