The two leaders, in a telephonic conversation, discussed the situation in Afghanistan and called on the global community to provide immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghan people to alleviate their sufferings, prevent instability and flight of citizens.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to further strengthen bilateral economic and commercial ties as the Pakistani premier renewed his invitation to President Xi to visit Islamabad at his early convenience.
This came during a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi on Tuesday.
PM Office tweeted that, “The Prime Minister stressed the need to continue with the momentum of high-level exchanges to further diversify ‘All-weather strategic cooperative partnership’ between the two countries.”
The Prime Minister congratulated President Xi on the centenary of the Communist Party of China, the unprecedented victory in the Chinese people’s battle to eradicate absolute poverty, and appreciated China’s stellar development in four decades of reform and opening up.
The two leaders also felicitated each other on the important milestone of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and China, reviewed the entire gamut of the bilateral strategic cooperative partnership, & discussed the regional & international situation.
Imran Khan appreciated China’s successful containment of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as relief and assistance measures for the developing countries, including the vaccine cooperation with Pakistan.
The two leaders discussed the situation in Afghanistan. They called on the international community to provide immediate humanitarian and economic assistance to the people of Afghanistan to alleviate their suffering, prevent instability and flight of people as well as continued engagement for the rebuilding of the country.
Both agreed to strengthen Pakistan-China cooperation in the relevant areas and to promote CPEC’s green development as a high-quality demonstration of the Belt and Road Initiative.
Taking stock of the negative impact of COVID-19 on the global economy, the two leaders agreed on further strengthening bilateral economic and commercial ties, including the full realization of the potential offered by the Phase-II of China- Pakistan FTA, to overcome the economic headwinds.
The PM lauded the successful, timely and high-quality implementation of the CPEC projects, and welcomed Chinese investments in the CPEC Special Economic Zones.
He underscored that the early start of work on the ML-1 railway project would complement Pakistan’s geo-economics vision for national and regional development.
The Prime Minister also appreciated China’s leading role in combating climate change. He briefed President Xi on Pakistan’s wide-ranging measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami initiative.