ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday appreciated Beijing’s extraordinary diplomatic and material assistance to Islamabad in its ongoing fight against terrorism.
A high-level Chinese delegation led by Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the National Committee of Chinese Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was meeting the premier at his official residence in the capital.
Welcoming the group members, the prime minister said their visit would establish institutional linkages between the parliaments of Pakistan and China.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani and Leader of the House in Senate, Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq along with other Chinese and Pakistani officials attended the meeting.
PM Nawaz continued to stress on close cooperation between the two parliaments, which, he said would contribute towards further strengthening the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China.
Highlighting the frequent high-level exchanges between Islamabad and Beijing, he also recalled how Pak-China ties rose to another level during the historic visit of President Xi Jinping to Pakistan in 2015.
“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”, said Prime Minister Nawaz.
He anticipated that the forum would offer an exceptional opportunity to deliberate over key areas including trade, infrastructure, finance and people-to-people exchanges, not only between Pakistan and China but with the wider world.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its related projects symbolise the people-centric approach of the two countries and their resolve for regional connectivity, emphasised the PM during the meeting.
“The project has immense potential to boost up 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 explained.
Yu, also a top Chinese political adviser, thanked PM Nawaz and expressed hope that the two countries would continue to work together to push ahead with the construction of CPEC.