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The Foreign Office stated today that Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Chinese colleague Wang Yi discussed ways to expand their "iron-clad friendship" as the two sides inked five agreements to deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields.

Following Mr Qureshi's meeting with Wang on Monday, the agreements were signed in Islamabad.

Wang is in Islamabad as a special guest of Mr Qureshi for the 48th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC-CFM).

Both reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining and strengthening bilateral relations, according to a statement released by the Foreign Office.

The two ministers discussed bilateral strategic, economic, and security cooperation, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, Ukraine's position, and regional and international topics of mutual importance.

"Ways to further deepen the two countries' ironclad friendship were explored," the statement stated. The conference resulted in the signing of five agreements, according to the report.

The Chinese Ministry of Education and Pakistan's Higher Education Commission inked the first agreement on "Mutual Recognition of Higher Education Certificates and Degrees."

Mr. Qureshi also emphasised the need of both countries continuing to deepen their cooperation in order to foster peace and stability in Afghanistan and avoid a humanitarian crisis.