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Pakistan, China agree to bolster bilateral ties, strategic partnership

  • President Mamnoon hails China’s support for Pakistan’s admission as a full member of SCO
  • President Xi Jinping terms Pakistan and China as iron friends. Extends support for Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Policy

WUZHEN, December 16: President Mamnoon Hussain and President Xi Jinping of China on Wednesday reiterated their resolve to further bolster the all-weather and multi-faceted strategic partnership and ties that exist between Pakistan and China in all areas of mutual interest.The two leaders, who met here on the sidelines of the 2nd World Internet Conference, besides discussing the bilateral relations also exchanged views on the situation prevailing in the region.President Mamnoon Hussain said that since 2015 was being celebrated as the “Year of Friendship” by Pakistan and China with the next year to be 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two sides should take this opportunity to further promote people to people contacts.
He expressed satisfaction over the progress on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and hoped that the projects under CPEC would be implemented in a timely and efficient manner.
The President apprised his Chinese counterpart that many Central Asian states were keen in developing linkages with CPEC to utilize the immense economic and trade potential after the completion of this project.
The President hailed China’s support for Pakistan’s admission as a full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and said Pakistan looked forward to become SCO’s full member in the near future.
President Xi Jinping while terming Pakistan and China as iron friends said that the strategic relations between the two countries are a driving force for attaining progress and prosperity. He expressed satisfaction over the substantive progress in CPEC projects and called for timely completion of the early harvest projects for the benefit of people.
The Chinese President extended his support for Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Policy (CTP) and appreciated its successes in the efforts for elimination of terrorism.-Agencies

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