China terms Modi’s visit to Pakistan a ‘welcome move’

Published: December 26, 2015
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Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  walk through a guard of honour in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif walk through a guard of honour in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: China appreciated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lahore and a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, terming it a welcome move.

“As the common neighbour and friend of Pakistan and India, China is happy to see [the two sides meet] and will, as always, support Pakistan and India enhance mutual trust and achieve common development through continuous dialogue,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.

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According to the Chinese embassy in Islamabad, Lu Kang said his country viewed improvement in Pakistan and India relationship significant for regional peace and stability in the region.

“The improvement of Pakistan-India relationship is significant to regional peace, stability and development.”

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Elaborating, the spokesperson said Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia and that is why a meeting between the premiers was a welcome development.

In the first such visit in more than 10 years by any Indian prime minister, the move was seen by analysts as a step towards normalising ties between the two neighbours, which have fought three wars since Partition.

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The visit also paved way for composite dialogue, while scheduling a meeting of the foreign secretaries early next year.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • ajeet
    Dec 27, 2015 - 1:10AM

    Hope China makes the same positive move with Japan, Thailand and South Korea.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 27, 2015 - 1:14PM

    Both NS and Modi should take sabbatical leaves and spend 3 months out of the year in each other’s countries to act as PM
    there and then. That’s called immersive empathic politics. Recommend

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