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Islamabad: Appreciating China’s support in Pakistan’s fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with the Chairman of National Committee of Chinese Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference at his house here on Thursday.
While warmly welcoming the chairman of CPPCC Yu Zhengsheng and the delegation members to Pakistan, the prime minister stated that the visit will establish institutional linkages between the Parliaments of Pakistan and China. The prime minister said close cooperation between the two Parliaments will contribute towards further strengthening the warm and friendly relations between Pakistan and China.
The prime minister recalled that the relations between the two countries were raised to an even higher level of “all — weather cooperative strategic partnership”, during the visit of President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015.
The prime minister deeply appreciated China’s diplomatic and material support to Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.
“I am looking forward to my visit to China in May 2017 to participate in the “Belt and Road Forum”, at the invitation of President Xi Jinping,” Sharif added. He said the forum would provide an excellent opportunity for discussing important areas of connectivity, infrastructure, trade, finance, people-to-people exchanges and think tank cooperation, not only between Pakistan and China but with the wider world.
The prime minister emphasised that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its related projects symbolise the people-centric approach of the two countries and their resolve for regional connectivity. “The project has immense potential to boost regional trade and businesses as well as bring the people of the region closer. Millions of people in our region would reap the benefits of this project,” he added.
Yu Zhengsheng thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome accorded by Pakistan to him and his delegation. The Chairman CPPCC expressed the hope that Parliamentary exchanges between China and Pakistan would further strengthen the brotherly ties between the two countries.