PM Imran Khan, Chinese Premier reaffirm to solidify bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have reaffirmed their resolve to further solidify bilateral relations between Pakistan and China.

In their telephonic conversation on the eve of 70th anniversary of establishment of Pak-China diplomatic ties, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and COVID-19 vaccine cooperation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized that Pakistan and China have transformed their relationship into an all-weather strategic cooperative partnership through their collective and tireless efforts over the years.

He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is a flagship project of the Belt and Road initiative and has generated economic activity, employment and will further enhance bilateral and regional trade.

PM Imran Khan highlighted Pakistan-China cooperation in fighting COVID-19 and deeply appreciated China’s continued support to Pakistan in supplying the vaccine.

 He thanked China for providing assistance to National Institute of Health for establishing a vaccine manufacturing facility in Pakistan saying this will further solidify Pakistan’s efforts to combat COVID-19

He stressed the need to continue with the momentum of high-level exchanges to further diversify and deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries.

PM Imran Khan congratulated the Chinese Premier on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China.

The prime minister also felicitated the Chinese leadership for the successful landing of Chinese spacecraft on Mars saying this showed the rising technological prowess of China.

China committed to development of Pakistan: Envoy

Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong has said Pakistan and China are tied in deep rooted relations and these relations will further fortify with the passage of time.

He expressed these views while addressing the book launching ceremony titled “Higher Than Karakoram: Seven Decades of Pakistan-China partnership” in Islamabad.

The Chinese Ambassador said China is fully committed to the development of Pakistan. He said we should be fully prepared to defeat those who are not happy with Pak-China close friendship and success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

He said people-to-people exchanges play an important role in developing bilateral relations, adding that eople of both countries need to know each other for a better understanding.

Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood said Pak-China relationship is and will remain the cornerstone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said China always supported on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the CPEC project will promote the regional connectivity and contribute to national development as well. He said CPEC has entered into the second phase with a focus on industrialisation and agriculture sector to ensure socio-economic development.

He expressed gratitude to China over the provision of COVID-19 vaccine which helped save precious lives. He said high-level exchanges are the hallmark of our relations to further solidify the mutual cooperation between the two countries.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Moin-ul-Haque said Pakistan and China enjoy strong relations as both the countries always supported each other in the hour of trial and played an important role in ensuring regional peace and stability as well.

 

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