In a joint statement, the two countries said they would “firmly safeguard multilateralism and support the central role of the United Nations in international affairs”.

China and Pakistan have pledged to support each other “their fundamental and major interests” at the United Nations after holding bilateral consultations on United Nations affairs.

The two countries, which officially describe their relationship as one of the “all-weather partners” and “iron brothers”, have stepped in in recent months to provide crucial support to the other on issues they deem sensitive, Beijing raising the Kashmir issue at the following address: UN Security Council and Islamabad back China over Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

On Thursday, the two sides virtually held the third round of consultations on United Nations affairs, led by Yang Tao, director general of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Usman Iqbal Jadoon, director general ( The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva are also participating.

In a joint statement, the two countries said they would “firmly safeguard multilateralism and support the central role of the United Nations in international affairs”.

This comes amid heightened criticism from China of what it calls US-led “selective multilateralism”, particularly targeting the India, US, Australia and Japan quadrilateral framework, as well as ” the rules-based order ”advocated by the Quad.

China and Pakistan also agreed to “strengthen their cooperation within the United Nations and other multilateral platforms and support each other in the fundamental and major interests of each side, to work for political and peaceful resolution. regional and international issues hot spots, and jointly safeguard world peace and stability, especially in Asia. “

The statement said that they “would continue to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism and peacekeeping within the framework of the United Nations, addressing the issue of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.” In the past, China has intervened in numerous cases to block the registration of Pakistani terrorists in the UNSC sanctions committee.

The statement added that they would “both consolidate strategic coordination in the area of ​​human rights, jointly opposing the double standard and politicization of human rights issues, and working for the promotion and protection of all human rights in a cooperative manner ”.

China in 2019 and 2020 raised the Kashmir issue at the UNSC on at least three occasions, calling for discussions following India’s dilution of Article 370, the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir and revocation of the special status.

Pakistan, meanwhile, has been pushing for China’s support amid growing criticism from Western countries over Xinjiang. In October, Pakistan also made a joint statement on behalf of 55 countries at the UN “opposing interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of Hong Kong.”

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