Nawaz, Li express satisfaction over implementation of CPEC
ZHENGZHOU : Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang expressed satisfaction over the implementation of China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC), as they met on the sidelines of 14th SCO Heads of Government meeting here on Tuesday.
Both leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional situation, agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in diverse fields, particularly in economy and energy sectors and hoping that CPEC will bring prosperity for the people of two countries and the region as well.
Implementation on Economic Corridor Project and infrastructure development projects in Pakistan also featured during the meeting.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi were also present on the occasion.
The prime minister felicitated the Chinese leadership for approval of Yuan by International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Global Reserve Currency and said it was an important milestone in the integration of the Chinese economy into the global financial system and recognition of China as a major financial power.
Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and China are celebrating the Year of Friendly Exchanges and next year would be marking 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
“We should tap this opportunity to further promote people-to-people contacts,” he added.
He expressed satisfaction with progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) and said Pakistan wanted that all the projects be implemented in a timely and efficient manner.
PM said cooperation between Pakistan and China was reflection of close friendship between the two countries and the new projects would change the destiny of people of the region. Pakistan would like Chinese side to allow Pakistan to open a trade cum visa office in Urumqi to facilitate the CPEC projects implementation and people to people exchanges.
Nawaz Sharif said the progress achieved by handing-taking over of Gwadar Port Free Zone is a good beginning for initiating the process for building the economic zone.The premier informed his Chinese counterpart that the operation Zarb-e-Azb in FATA and National Action Plan in the country are being successfully implemented.
Both the leaders also discussed the Afghan reconciliation process and the recently held Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad in which a Steering Committee comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and US was set up which will supervise the process of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and coordinated efforts in this regard.
PM of Pakistan also apprised the Chinese Premier of his recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Paris and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad and said it has yielded encouraging results.Both countries have agreed to resume the comprehensive bilateral dialogue process, which is a welcome sign for development.
The prime minister thanked China’s support for Pakistan being accepted as full member of the SCO. The Chinese prime minister on the occasion said that the relationship between Pakistan and China is deep-rooted between the two peoples. He said that China supports a strong and stable Pakistan and desires for a much more strong relationship in the future.
Nawaz Sharif invited his Chinese counterpart to visit Pakistan, which he graciously accepted. The dates for which would be mutually finalized.