China vows full support to Pak sovereignty

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Islamabad: China today pledged its "full support" to Pakistan`s sovereignty and territorial integrity and vowed to work with it for peace in the region, amid a US-Pak row over ISI`s links with the Haqqani network responsible for attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.

China`s Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu, who arrived here yesterday, conveyed Beijing`s support during a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani this afternoon.

Meng "categorically extended" China`s full support to "Pakistan`s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and vowed to work with it for progress and peace in the region and the world," state-run APP news agency reported.

Gilani described China as Pakistan`s close friend. He said "a friend of China is Pakistan`s friend, its enemy (is) Pakistan`s enemy and China`s security (is) Pakistan`s security."

The two countries together "can progress and prosper and bring the dividends of development to their people," Gilani said.

The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and the Ambassadors of both countries.

Meng met Pakistan army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani shortly after his arrival in Islamabad yesterday.

The two leaders discussed the situation in the region and the war on terrorism, sources said.

The Chinese minister will also attend a banquet hosted in his honour by President Asif Ali Zardari.

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