BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said his country attached high priority to its strategic partnership with Pakistan and would always support it on all international and regional issues.
The Chinese President in a meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain said “China values its deep-rooted friendship with Pakistan and considers it a high priority in its foreign policy,” Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi told APP following the meeting of the two leaders that took place at the China’s Great Hall of People.
President Mamnoon Hussain who arrived in Beijing on Tuesday to attend the China’s 70th anniversary of end of World War II, met President Xi Jinping and discussed ways to further enhance bilateral ties.
Briefing about the meeting of the two leaders, Fatemi said the Chinese President mentioned about the level of excellent and strong relations between Pakistan and China and also termed it an example for other countries.
He said both leaders stressed the need to materialize the joint vision of Pakistan and China for prosperity in the region.
“The two Presidents agreed that Pakistan and China’s shared destiny will not only benefit the two countries, but also the whole region,” Fatemi said.
President Xi assured President Mamnoon that he had the firm resolve that the Chinese government and companies would keep their maximum focus on the ongoing projects in Pakistan and would ensure their timely completion.
Fatemi said President Mamnoon thanked the Chinese President for inviting him to join the celebrations and said Pakistan recognizes the sufferings and sacrifices of the Chinese people in the Anti-Fascist War.
President Mamnoon said the Sino-Pak friendship enjoyed across-the-board political, institutional and popular support in both countries.
He expressed satisfaction over the progress of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and added that the project would usher in peace and prosperity not only Pakistan, but also the entire region.
Mamnoon said Pakistani nation was eagerly waiting for completion of the projects related to CPEC including upgradation of Karakorum Highway, Gwadar airport and establishment of industrial parks alongside the Corridor.
He mentioned that Pakistan had taken special measures to provide security to Chinese personnel working over the CPEC project.
The President recalled the visit of President Xi to Pakistan in April that concluded with signing of 51 agreements worth US$ 46 billion investment in energy and infrastructure sectors.
He said, the phrase of “iron brother” for Pakistan as coined by President Xi truly matches with the traditional Chinese metaphor of the closest friend.
Mamnoon said President Xi’s vision of “Silk Road Economic Belt” was also relevant with the geographical and political location of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon reiterated Pakistan’s desire to have peaceful relations with its neighbours including India and apprised the Chinese President that Pakistan had always been willing to hold dialogue with India for resolution of all outstanding issues.
The President said Pakistan valued China’s efforts in promoting intra-Afghan dialogue for sustainable peace in Afghanistan. – APP