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Pakistan and China have agreed to expedite implementation of railway projects to expand connectivity between the two countries. 

The consensus was emerged at a meeting between Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and Administrator of the Chinese National Railways Administration Lu Dongfu in Beijing.

During the meeting both sides expressed satisfaction over cooperation in railways projects including the ML1 (Karachi-Peshawar) railway project underway between Pakistan and China and discussed ways of its speedier implementation .

Lu Dongfu said friendship between the two countries provided the essential strength to overcome potential obstacles.

He said CPEC playing key role in economic connectivity would change the dynamics of economic development in the region.

He said both countries share the vision for developing effective railway system from Kashghar to Gwadar which would provide a cost competitive mode of transportation and instant connectivity to China for transportation of goods.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal on this occasion said that CPEC projects are on ground and ahead on implementation .

He said railways transportation is a critical element of connectivity between Pakistan and China .

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