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China has asked the international community to recognise Pakistan’s efforts in counter-terrorism, amid rising pressure on Islamabad to take action against terror groups, Economic Times reported.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made remarks in New Delhi earlier this week that “terror safe havens” in Pakistan will not be tolerated, reacting to this the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that for many years Islamabad has made “positive efforts and great sacrifices”.
“Pakistan has made important contributions to world peace and maintaining regional stability. We believe that the international community should recognise efforts made by Pakistan in counter-terrorism,” he said. Geng also voiced China’s support towards fight against terrorism.
“We welcome Pakistan and the US to conduct counter-terrorism cooperation based on mutual respect, and jointly committed regional and world peace and stability,” Geng added referring to Tillerson’s visit to Islamabad earlier this week. Tillerson and India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, in a joint statement, asked Pakistan to take action against terror groups.
It also said that the US is now threatening the stability of the Pakistani government as well. The joint statement was issued after Tillerson and Swaraj talked on a range of key issues on Wednesday.
Speaking on Indo-US ties, Geng said, “We welcome India and Pakistan and all other countries in the world to develop friendly cooperation. We believe this relationship is conducive in the regional stability besides regional development and prosperity.”