Pakistan, China hold wide ranging bilateral talks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held on Tuesday wide ranging bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

According to an official press release, on his arrival, Khan was presented a guard of honour accompanied by 19-gun salute.

Extending felicitations on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Imran Khan underscored that the All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership between Pakistan and China served the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples and contributed to peace, development and stability in the region.

He emphasized that expeditious completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects was the foremost priority of his government as this transformational project was pivotal to accelerating Pakistan’s economic development and regional prosperity.

He apprised his Chinese counterpart of the actions undertaken recently to fast-track CPEC projects and to push the development momentum in Gawadar port.

Premier Li underlined the salience of the abiding Pakistan-China relationship and reiterated China’s support for Pakistan’s issues of core national interest. He thanked PM Khan for the measures to advance CPEC projects and maintained that the second phase of CPEC will be instrumental in reinforcing and consolidating Pakistan’s economic development and pave the way for enhanced Chinese investments in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Minister of Planning, Development and Reform, Minister of Railways, Advisor on Commerce, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Energy, and Chairman BOI, Chief of Army Staff, DG ISI, and other senior officials were present during the meeting, said the press release.

The exchange of views particularly covered strengthening of bilateral economic partnership.

The two sides exchanged views on deepening bilateral trade and explored ways of increasing Pakistan’s exports to China.

Both leaders agreed that the implementation of the 2nd phase of China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement would lead to more trade, economic and investment opportunities between the two countries.

Other areas of potential collaboration discussed between the two sides included railways, steel, oil and gas, industry and science, and technology.

The two sides also discussed regional security situation including serious human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian administered Kashmir.

Pakistani premier apprised his counterpart of the latest developments and the importance of urgent action by the international community to alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmiri people in the lockdown.

Both leaders maintained that frequent and substantive bilateral exchanges were contributing to elevating the All-Weather Strategic Co-operative Partnership to new heights and were reinforcing people-to-people ties, it added.

Khan reiterated his invitation to Premier Li to visit Pakistan at the earliest opportunity.

Source: Kuwait News Agency