FM Qureshi terms PM’s recent visit to China as timely, highly successful

Two sides held detailed discussions on bilateral cooperation, regional situation, including Afghanistan.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday termed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to China as ‘timely and highly successful’.

“The joint statement issued at the conclusion of the visit reflects its success,” Qureshi said in a statement.

A day earlier, PM Imran concluded his visit to China. The premier held a meeting with President Xi Jinping and welcomed increased Chinese investment in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Phase-II, which focuses on industrialization and improving people’s livelihoods.

This was the first meeting between the two leaders since the premier’s visit to the country in October 2019. Imran underscored the relationship between the two countries as the “cornerstone” of Islamabad’s foreign policy.

Regarding the PM’s visit, the foreign minister said the two sides held detailed discussions on bilateral cooperation and regional situation, including Afghanistan.

“The two countries are committed to early completion of second phase projects of CPEC. Spoilers do not want to see CPEC progressing; however, they will never succeed in their designs,” Quershi said.

He added that it was decided that a meeting of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries would be convened in Beijing by the end of the next month to discuss the future strategy.

“The Afghan interim government will also be invited to the meeting,” FM Qureshi said.

Regarding relations with Russia, the country’s top diplomat said that Pakistan’s relations with the country were also on a positive trajectory.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit his country, and the prime minister will visit Moscow this month,” the FM said.

During the meeting with the Chinese leader, He emphasized that the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China had withstood the tests of time and the two nations firmly stood side-by-side in realizing their visions and shared aspirations of peace, stability, development, and prosperity.

PM Imran briefed President Xi on the people-centered geoeconomics vision and the government’s policies for Pakistan’s sustained growth, industrial development, agricultural modernization and regional connectivity.

The two sides highlighted, during the moot, the significance of Gwadar as a central pillar of CPEC and an important node in regional connectivity.

The two sides also agreed to jointly accelerate the construction and operation of Gwadar Port and build its low-carbon circular industry zone.

During the interaction, Pakistan also reaffirmed its commitment to the security of all Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan.

The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of Pakistan-China bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Imran Khan congratulated the leadership and people of China on the successful hosting of the 24th Olympic Winter Games in Beijing and extended his best wishes on the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The Prime Minister briefed President Xi on a people-centered geo-economics vision and his Government’s policies for Pakistan’s sustained growth, industrial development, agricultural modernization, and regional connectivity.

He lauded China’s continued assistance to Pakistan’s socio-economic development which has greatly benefitted from the CPEC.

The Prime Minister welcomed increased Chinese investments in CPEC’s Phase-II.

He highlighted that insurmountable challenges like climate change, health pandemics, and growing inequalities could only be tackled through the unqualified cooperation of all nations.

Imran Khan said atrocities being perpetrated in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the persecution of minorities in India is a threat to regional peace.

Imran Khan also reaffirmed Pakistan’s full support to China on all issues of its core interest.

Both leaders acknowledged that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan would promote economic development and connectivity in the region.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that in his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, we agreed to further enhance our strategic and economic relations; and to fast track the second phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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