ISLAMBAD: China's highest ranking defence officer today held separate meetings with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Raheel Sharif, saying both countries share common view on combating the evil of terrorism and extremism.
Welcoming Vice Chairman of the China's Military Commission General Fan Changlong to Pakistan, the Prime Minister said that friendship with China is the corner stone of his country's foreign policy as both the countries enjoy unparalleled relations in the contemporary world, according to an official statement.
The Prime Minister also emphasised that the time-tested friendship between the two countries is based on strong mutual trust, cooperation and convergence of views on regional and global issues.
"General Fan Changlong appreciated Pakistan's role in its fight against terrorism and added that both countries share common view on combating the evil of terrorism and extremism," it said.
He also said that the mutually supportive cooperation in the field of defence is a critical factor in maintaining peace and stability in the region.
Fan said Pakistan has rendered huge sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
In his meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at General Headquarters earlier in the day, Fan said, "China deeply appreciates the determination of Pakistan Army in counter terrorism and the successful operation in various fields."
"China values the efforts of Pakistan Army in fighting East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM)," he was quoted as saying by the military.
Terming the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) equally beneficial to both China and Pakistan, he said both countries are committed to its continuous process and future success.
He said efforts of Pakistan Army in safeguarding CPEC security are highly appreciated, adding, "We look forward to close cooperation with Pakistan side to ensure proper management and security of CPEC."
Highlighting Pak-China defence and security cooperation, Fan said, "China and Pakistan are the best iron brothers, good friends and strategic partners."
The Chinese military official is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Pakistan Army. He is also expected to visit India.