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Zardari, Krishna meet briefly at SCO

Last Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 20:40

Beijing: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna exchanged pleasantries with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as the two leaders had a brief encounter on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Thursday.

Zardari and Krishna shared the same table at the luncheon for the SCO leaders and the two were seen exchanging pleasantries, even though they were seated separately.

Zardari also met several top leaders of members countries in the China-backed security forum.
Besides holding talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Zardari also met the Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, widely speculated to succeed Hu in the leadership change to acquainted with the next generation Chinese leadership.

In his meeting with Zardari, Hu said China encourages and supports its enterprises to participate in energy and electric power projects in Pakistan.

"China will continue to provide assistance for Pakistan`s economic and social development within our capacity," Hu said.

He called on the two sides to improve law-enforcement and security cooperation, and jointly fight the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism.


First Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 20:40
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