Islamabad, February 20, 2014 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the deepening multifaceted strategic partnership between Pakistan and China heralds a new era of socio- economic progress and prosperity for the people of the two countries and indeed the entire region.
He emphasized the need for more concrete and consistent efforts on both side for early implementation of the mutually agreed projects, saying that enhanced connectivity between China and Pakistan is of great importance to expand economic and trade cooperation, promoting economic integration, and fostering economic development of the two countries.
The President said this during his meeting with Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of Peoples, Beijing today. Press Secretary to the President said that the two leaders held wide ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Those present during the meeting included Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms; Mr. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister, Punjab, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/SAPM; Mr. Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to Prime Minster and Chairman Bard of investment, Rana Sanaullah, Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Punjab, Pakistan’s Ambassador to China , Mr. Masood Khalid and Mr. Hassan Nawaz Tarar, Secretary Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.
Welcoming President Hussain on his 1st state visit to China since assuming office, Premier Li said that Pakistan was an important country in the region and it has made significant contribution to peace, stability and development of the region and the world at large, adding that China highly values its time tested ties with Pakistan.
President Mamnoon said that Sino-Pak‘s all weather friendship is solidly anchored on convergence of strategic interests, high degree of mutual trust and are driven by an abiding interest in development and prosperity of each other as well as promotion of peace and stability in the region.
Recalling his visit to Pakistan last year, Premier Li said that China was committed to consolidate its traditional friendship with Pakistan and deepen the strategic cooperation between the two countries, adding that China will continue to firmly support Pakistan in its efforts to uphold independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and achieving national stability and development.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the development of China-Pakistan relations and agreed that the relationship had outgrown its bilateral dimension to acquire regional and global significance. The two sides agreed that, as all-weather strategic and cooperative partners, China and Pakistan would jointly strive for more friendly political relations, stronger economic bonds, deeper security cooperation and closer people-to-people contacts.
The two leaders urged for joint efforts to translate the high level of mutual trust and cooperation that exists at the political plane into practical cooperation that is result-oriented and deliver prosperity to the people of both countries.
Commenting on economic corridor, the two leaders urged for collective efforts on both side to ensure that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor starts to take practical shape soon and yields tangible benefits.
Highlighting investment opportunities in Pakistan, the President said that Pakistan offers huge potential for trade and investment in diverse areas especially energy and infrastructure and invited Chinese investors to invest in these sectors and avail the incentives being offered by the government for investment in Pakistan.
He assured that Chinese nationals working in Pakistan are like an asset to us and all out steps are being taken for their safety and protection, adding that we have up-graded security of those project sites where Chinese nationals are working.
Discussing regional situation, the two leaders agreed to continue working in close harmony and coordination on major regional and international matters as well as important regional forums like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Asia-Europe Meeting and the ASEAN Regional Forum.
President Mamnoon reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering support for one-China policy and said that Pakistan will continue to support China’s efforts in combating the three evils of terrorism, extremism and separatism.
Thanking the Chinese leadership for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and his delegation during stay in Beijing, the President congratulated Premier Li Keqiang for the Chinese lunar year and wished him a prosperous and a very Happy New Year – the year of the Horse.
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