Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on Pakistan's Statement about US Drone Strike
Q: It is reported that a joint session of the Pakistani military and government issued a statement, denouncing the US drone strike in Pakistan on May 21 as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. It said that the strike was detrimental to the mutual trust between Pakistan and the US as well as efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) to push forward the Afghan reconciliation process. What is your comment on that?
A: We have noted the report. Pakistan has made enormous efforts to combat terrorism and support the Afghan reconciliation process. The international community should fully recognize that and respect Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The QCG is formed to create enabling conditions for the Afghan reconciliation process. All relevant parties should pull together for that goal.