Prime Minister’s meeting with President XI Jinping

Beijing, May 13, 2017 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping on 13, May 2017. The Prime Minister is visiting China to participate in the Belt and Road Forum with a high level Ministerial delegation at the invitation of Chinese leadership, says a press release here today received from Beijing. During the meeting, the two sides discussed a range of issues of bilateral interest as well as developments in the region. President Xi said that China and Pakistan are iron brothers and this partnership has withstood the test of time.

The Prime Minister expressed support to “One China Policy” and to other core issues including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and South China Sea. The Prime Minister deeply appreciated President Xi’s vision of “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) and congratulated President Xion hosting Belt and Road Forum with the timely theme of “Cooperation for Common Prosperity”. The Forum will serve as an important platform for discussing international cooperation and joint development for win-win cooperation among a large number of countries.

The Prime Minister noted that these goals are aligned with his own vision for economic development, regional connectivity and peace. In this context, the two sides also discussed the impressive progress of Pakistan-China bilateral China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a flagship project of OBOR. The Prime Minister also thanked the Chinese President for China’s strong support to Pakistan’s full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

President Xi stated that China greatly valued its all weather strategic friendship partnership with Pakistan. He stressed that at a time when major and profound changes are taking place both internationally and regionally, exemplary cooperation between China and Pakistan would serve the fundamental interests of the two countries and help promote regional peace and development. He thanked the Prime Minister for his support to OBOR and for his participation in Belt and Road Forum with a high powered delegation.

He appreciated the sacrifices Pakistan security forces has rendered in facing the challenges of terrorism and expressed China’s full support to Pakistan’s measures in this regard. He also expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s accelerated social and economic development under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Noting with satisfaction the smooth progress of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, he stated that it was not only a flagship bilateral project but would also play a major role in development of the region and of the world. Both sides agreed to continue to deepen cooperation in all areas of bilateral relations while exploring new avenues of bilateral cooperation.

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