ISLAMABAD: Against the backdrop of rising tensions between Pakistan and Iran, Chinese Consul General in Karachi Yang Yundong expressed Beijing’s willingness to play a constructive role in resolving the differences between Islamabad and Tehran. Yundong conveyed China’s desire to mediate and encourage dialogue between the two nations.
Highlighting the significance of Pakistan and Iran as major countries in the region and the Muslim world, Yundong emphasized China’s hope for a peaceful resolution of differences through talks and diplomatic means, particularly in the aftermath of Iran’s missile attack in Balochistan, which led to the loss of lives and injuries.
In response to questions about the violation of Pakistan’s airspace by Iran and the subsequent warning issued by Pakistan, Yundong expressed concern over the escalating situation. He urged both countries to exercise restraint, adhere to the principles of the United Nations Charter, and follow international norms in their dealings.
Addressing the broader regional context, Yundong discussed China’s stance on the conflict in the Gaza Strip. He highlighted China’s call for the international community to play a significant role in promoting a ceasefire.
As a member of the United Nations Security Council, China has actively supported resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly, working towards advocating a swift ceasefire and providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.
Shifting focus to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Yundong underscored China’s commitment to ensuring that the project benefits the local population of Pakistan.
He acknowledged the achievements in the initial phase of CPEC construction and expressed the Chinese government’s aspirations for solid foundations in social and economic development.
Yundong outlined ongoing collaborative efforts in various sectors, including agriculture, technology, IT, education, and people-to-people exchanges, aiming for high-quality developments in the next phase of CPEC.