Islamabad, September 08, 2019 (PPI-OT): State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wang Yi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. Recalling the depth and breadth of Pakistan-China ties, Prime Minister underscored that friendship with China is the corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He highlighted that ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ between the two countries is deeply rooted in mutual trust and respect and is an anchor of peace and stability in the region and beyond. Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed the Chinese side on the evolving situation in IOJ and K following India’s unilateral and illegal actions of 5 August.
He stressed that the ongoing curfew for 35 days, the continued lockdown and communications blockade, and the massive human rights violations had created a dire humanitarian situation in IOJ and K which needed to be urgently addressed. Prime Minister underscored that the curfew and other restrictions needed to be immediately lifted. Prime Minister stressed that, in order to deepen strategic co-operation, Pakistan and China should continue their close coordination and consultation to ensure that peace and stability in the region is maintained.
State Councillor and Foreign Minster Mr. Wang Yi, conveying best wishes of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to the Prime Minister, stated that the China-Pakistan relationship was rock-solid and unbreakable. Mr. Wang Yi reaffirmed China’s support and reiterated opposition to any unilateral action as well as the measures, by India, that could further complicate the situation. Prime Minister highlighted that CPEC was a project of great national significance that contributed immensely to the revitalization of Pakistan’s economy.
He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the timely completion of CPEC projects and highlighted the importance of CPEC Authority for speedy execution of CPEC projects. Prime Minister hoped that, as CPEC’s benefits expanded, more Chinese companies will invest in Pakistan and help support Pakistan’s process of industrialization as well its policies of greater agricultural productivity and innovation. State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted that Pakistan-China relationship is based on mutual respect, trust and strong bonds of friendship.
He appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to achieve goals of national development, under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership, and extended China’s utmost support in this regard. He noted that, with the policies of the government, Pakistan’s economic and financial condition was improving. State Councillor Wang Yi emphasized that CPEC is a demonstration project of high quality BRI projects and is being implemented jointly by Pakistan and China. Both leaders agreed that more high-level exchanges should continue to take place between the two countries to further promote bilateral ties as well as the shared goals of economic development, peace, and security across the region.
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