Diplomatic: (Chinese FM terms Pak-China economic corridor project as a flagship strategic cooperation project)

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday termed the Pakistan-China economic corridor project as a flagship strategic cooperation project.

Addressing a joint news conference, the Chinese Foreign Minister said that progress on this important project will be seen soon this year. “We are doing our best that the peoples of two countries see the tangible benefits of this project” he added.

He said the corridor project is targeted at the whole of Pakistan and its social and economic benefits will reach all parts of the country. He said the two sides have agreed to enhance people to people contacts and cultural exchanges.

He said these friendly exchanges will inject new energy in our relations. He said both the countries are the true friends who have always stood by each other in difficult times and will continue to do so in future.

Sartaj Aziz in his remarks, said that Pakistan’s relations with China are the cornerstone of our foreign policy. He said both the countries are convinced of the dividends of economic cooperation. Both sides are fully committed to add greater depth to the all-weather, friendly and cooperation relations.

Welcoming the news of early visit of Chinese President to Pakistan, the advisor said the visiting dignitary will be accorded warm welcome. In this regard, ‘we exchanged broad ideas to commence the substantive preparations for the visit’, he added.

He also informed the Chinese foreign minister that Pakistan wants peaceful relations with all neighbors including India. He said we also have agreed to work together for promotion of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.

To a question, the Chinese Foreign Minister said Pakistan is an important neighbor of Afghanistan and both the countries share historical, cultural and religious affinities. He said Pakistan has a pivotal role in resolving the Afghan issue and appreciated Pakistan’s seriousness in resolution of Afghan issue. He said China will support Afghan government in its efforts for reconciliation with different groups for peace and stability in the region.

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