MoUs: (Pakistan, China ink 51 accords,MoUs in diverse sectors)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Monday signed 51 agreements and MoUs for cooperation in different fields. Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the signing of agreements.

The two leaders also unveiled plaques of eight projects to be undertaken in Pakistan with Chinese assistance. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Xi also performed ground-breaking of five projects through video link.

The projects and agreements relate to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, research and technology, education and other fields. On the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the agreements and MoUs signed by the two countries have sound financial and technical backing.

He reaffirmed that friendship with China is corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said the nature of Pak-China friendship best captured by expressions like friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, sweeter than honey and stronger than steel. He said there are strong public sentiments driving our relations, which provide a sound basis for their strength.

The Prime Minister said the most prominent hallmark of Pak-China relationship is consistency and resilience. He said irrespective of political developments changes in the two countries and major regional and international developments.

Pak-China ties have remained robust. Relations between the two are based on shared ideals and principles of mutual trust, mutual benefit and respect.

In his remarks, Chinese President said the main objective of his visit is to further cement and giving new boost to the strategic partnership and friendly ties with Pakistan.

He assured that China will continue playing its part for sustainable socio-economic development of Pakistan with particular focus on development in Balochistan. He said that special attention will be paid to further strengthen economic strategic partnership with Pakistan in next ten years.

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