China praises Pakistan’s enormous efforts as FATF retains Islamabad in grey list

China praises Pakistan’s enormous efforts as FATF retains Islamabad in grey list

China on Friday praised Pakistan’s “enormous efforts” in combating terror financing and played down reports that it backed India and other countries against Islamabad at the just- concluded FATF meeting in Paris that retained the country in the Grey List.

Asked about reports that China has joined India and other countries in sending a strong message to Pakistan and urging it to fulfil its commitments to fight terror financing and money laundering, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told an online media briefing here that the Financial Action Task Force meeting has decided to give Pakistan more time to implement its action plan on money laundering and terrorist financing.

“China’s position on the relevant issue remains unchanged. Pakistan has made enormous efforts in improving its counter-terror financing system, which has been recognised by the vast majority of the FATF members at its latest plenary meeting concluded on February 20 in Paris,” he said.

“It was decided at the meeting that Pakistan will be allowed more time to continue implementing its action plan,” Geng said, a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

During the telephonic conversation, the two leaders agreed to step up communication and exchanges at the highest level to strengthen Pakistan-China all-weather strategic cooperative partnership.

China said it stands ready to work with relevant parties to offer more assistance to Pakistan in its efforts against terrorism.

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