PM Abbasi & President Xi Agree To increase Cooperation

ISLAMABAD, Apr 10 (APP): Pakistan and China on Tuesday agreed to continue to deepen cooperation in all areas of bilateral relations while exploring new avenues for practical collaboration in line with the vision of the leadership of two countries.
This was agreed during a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Senior members of China’s Politburo as well as State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi participated in the meeting held in China’s Hainan province.
Prime Minister Abbasi, who was in China to attend the Boao forum, was assisted by the foreign minister, interior minister and senior officials, a press release issued by the PM’s Media Wing here said.
The prime minister congratulated President Xi on his re-election as President of the People’s Republic of China.
Both sides exchanged comprehensive in-depth views on enhancing the bilateral cooperation.
The prime minister stated that China and Pakistan were iron brothers. This unique relationship had withstood the test of time and had strengthened with each passing year, he added.
Prime Minister Abbasi lauded the commitment and determination of President Xi in making Asia more open for growth and development. He appreciated President Xi’s transformative vision of “Belt and Road Initiative”.
The two leaders discussed a variety of issues pertaining to bilateral interest as well as developments in the region.
The prime minister briefed President Xi on Pakistan’s efforts for the successful implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He also discussed the smooth progress of CPEC projects along with the establishment of Special Economic Zones.
President Xi said that industrial parks will be a new growth path for Pakistan’s industrialization and help upgrade Pakistan’s industrial mix. He reaffirmed China’s continued support to CPEC.
President Xi termed Pakistan as a pillar for regional peace and stability, adding, a strong and prosperous Pakistan will continue to play a key role in that regard.
President Xi expressed China’s full support for Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. China wishes to further deepen its friendship and strategic cooperation with Pakistan, he added.
President Xi appreciated Pakistan’s contribution in addressing the challenge of terrorism and also commended Pakistan’s relentless efforts for working towards a peaceful neighbourhood.
Prime Minister Abbasi also apprised President Xi of the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.

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