China with ‘iron brother’ Pak on Kashmir issue: Li Keqiang tells Sharif at UNGA

  • IANS, New York
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 01:44 IST
Chinese and Pakistan troops after the launch of their first joint patrolling of the border connecting PoK with Xinjiang province of China. (PTI file photo)

“We support Pakistan and will speak for Pakistan at every forum,” said the Chinese Premier when he met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Wednesday.

Attaching great importance to Islamabad’s position on Kashmir, Li Keqiang on Wednesday hoped that there will be a better understanding of Pakistan’s position on Kashmir by the international community, Geo News reported.

Stating that Pakistan was a victim of terrorism, the Chinese premier hoped the situation between India and Pakistan would not escalate. “We are ready to play constructive role in improvement of relations between Pakistan and India,” the Chinese Premier added.

Li said China will stand with Pakistan; we support Pakistan and we will speak for Pakistan at every forum.

“We are thankful to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for investing huge resources for the safety and security of Chinese personnel in Pakistan,” Li Keqiang said, according to Geo.

Nawaz said that things are going well in Pakistan-China relations, and that the relationship has entered a different phase.

He thanked China for expressing concern regarding Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

He said that Pakistan and China were “iron brothers”.

The meeting came ahead of Sharif’s address at the UNGA on Wednesday, where he flagged the Kashmir issue.

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