Pak, China discuss bilateral ties,agree to boost cooperation in the Maritime domain

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Islamabad; Pakistan and China have agreed to enhance cooperation in the Maritime domain between Pakistan and China.

The understanding  came during Second Maritime Cooperation Dialogue of the two countries held in Islamabad today.

Pakistan delegation was led by Additional Foreign Secretary Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi while the Chinese side was headed by Assistant Minister Kong Xuanyou. Representatives from various government departments of two sides also attended the Dialogue.

Both sides reviewed overall Maritime situation in the region, security of Sea Lines of Communication, anti-piracy cooperation, rescue and relief operations, maritime science and technology cooperation and exchanges between the two navies.

Later, Assistant Minister Kong called on the Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues.

Lauding the Chinese initiative of ‘One Belt–One Road’, the Adviser stressed need for greater Maritime cooperation between the two countries especially as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was its flagship.

Assistant Minister Kong expressed satisfaction over the progress in Bilateral Maritime Cooperation Dialogue, adding that many new proposals have been shared by both the sides further promote bilateral cooperation.