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Speedy completion of CPEC projects Govt’s top priority: PM
October 10, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan says completion of Phase-II of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will help promote further socio-economic development and livelihood opportunities for the people of Pakistan.

He was talking to Chairman National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.

Imran Khan particularly noted that he wants to learn from China’s experience of poverty mitigation and expressed his determination to reduce poverty in Pakistan by following China’s model.

He also solicited support of China in improving Pakistan’s agriculture and Artificial Intelligence sectors. He proposed that, given Pakistan’s unique advantages, Chinese companies may relocate their industries to Pakistan.

The Prime Minister thanked China for its steadfast support to Pakistan on all issues of Pakistan’s national interest. He underscored that India’s illegal actions of 5 August have created a dire humanitarian situation in the Occupied Kashmir. He urged that the curfew imposed for over two months in Indian Occupied Kashmir should be lifted immediately enabling people to have access to basic human needs.  He also highlighted risks for peace and security in the region due to those actions.

Congratulating Chairman Li on 70th foundation anniversary of China, Imran Khan reiterated that Pakistan and China are close friends, steadfast partners and ‘iron brothers. He Minister underlined that China’s economic transformation in last few decades has been very impressive and worth emulating.

Chairman Li Zhanshu reaffirmed Chinese leadership’s commitment to support Pakistan on issues of its core national interest.

He said China would support Pakistan in initiatives proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Li Zhanshu also maintained that both China and Pakistan could propose new projects that could be included in the CPEC.

Both leaders agreed to carry forward the momentum of bilateral visits and enhance parliamentary linkages to further cement Pakistan-China bilateral ties. They also underscored commitment to enhance cooperation in political, cultural, educational and people-to-people ties.

Prime Minister Imran Khan invited Chairman NPC to visit Pakistan, who graciously accepted the invitation.  

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Minister of Railways, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Energy and other senior officials.

 

(Zahid/Zunera)