BRI, CPEC complementary projects to each other: FM

Qureshi says Pakistan is supportive of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process

APP March 28, 2019
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has stressed that Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are not competitive projects but are complimentary to each other.

In an exclusive interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN), the foreign minister said that CPEC is a flagship project of the BRI that shares the future to explore the ways of broadening the bilateral relationship between two brotherly countries.

To a question, he said that consistency, trust and standing by each other through thick and thin were the reasons of long-lasting China-Pakistan relationship.

FM Qureshi said that special economic zones were being set up along with CPEC to not only facilitate the bilateral investments but also to invite the third countries’ foreign direct investment (FDI) in CPEC.

“China is laying down the infrastructure of roads, railways, fiber optics connection in the economic zone, which is making it easier for third parties to connect with the project,” he added.

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He said that inviting the third parties to CPEC will increase the opportunities of more investment, job creation, economic uplift, technology transfer and regional stability.

To another query, Qureshi said that people to people contact and high level exchanges are playing significant role in the brotherly connection.

“Our PM Imran Khan has also invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pakistan,” he added.

The foreign minister said that tri-lateral strategic dialogues among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China were also a welcome development.

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Regarding Pakistan’s role of Afghan peace process, he said that Pakistan was supportive of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process. “We are contributing in making different sorts of war fraction sit together across the table to iron out differences, to bridge the trust deficit and to promote ceasefire,” he added.

Commending Chinese development over the years, he said China has made tremendous progress not only economically but in terms of human development. “Its youth is smart and willing to accept diversify cultures and people in their country which is a hallmark of their progress,” he added.


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