BOAO: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged to re-enforce their decades’ old friendship and to take it to a higher level.
During their bilateral talks held on the sideline of the Boao Forum for Asia, the two leaders discussed wide-ranging issues of bilateral interest, particularly in the context of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), reported Chinese official news agency Xinhua.
Pakistan-China relations should be a pillar for regional peace and stability, Xi Jinping said during the meeting.
The ties between the two countries should become a model for good-neighbourly relationship and international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Xi added.
The Chinese president said that China was willing to make joint efforts with Pakistan to push bilateral ties to a higher level and to build a more closely-knitted community with a shared future between the two countries.
He called for efforts from both sides to advance the construction of the CPEC and to ensure sound planning and implementation of cooperation projects such as the Gwadar Port and energy and industrial parks.
For his part, PM Abbasi said that Pakistan and China were “iron friends” who always supported each other on issues involving each other’s core interests and major concerns.
Hailing CPEC’s important role in the development of both countries and the region, he expressed Pakistan’s willingness to promote bilateral cooperation in finance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and human resources.