China’s Tianjin Municipality named sister-city to Karachi, Islamabad

China’s Tianjin Municipality was declared as sister cities to Karachi and Islamabad respectively and sister-province to Punjab to further enhance the bond of friendship between Pakistan and China, Gwadar Pro reported.

Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Moin ul-Haque, and Mayor of Tianjin Municipality, Liao Guoxun, signed the “Letters of Intent” for the establishment of sister-city and sister-province relationships.

Earlier, Ambassador Haque held a meeting with the Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Tianjin Municipal Central Committee, Li Hongzhong. The Mayor of Tianjin Municipality, Liao Guoxun, and other high-level senior officials were also present at the meeting.

During the meeting, Hongzhong said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. “Our iron-clad friendship is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people of two brotherly countries,” he said.

He said that the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries is lifting our strong ties to new heights.

The establishment of the relationships will give a big boost to bilateral pragmatic cooperation and exchanges, he added.

He also proposed to promote practical cooperation in the fields of port management, higher education, science and technology, technical and vocational training and people-to-people exchanges.

Ambassador Haque thanked the secretary for making excellent arrangements and warm hospitality during his visit to Tianjin.

He said that Pakistan-China unique friendship has always stood the test of time and is growing stronger with the passage of time.

Ambassador Haque noted that Tianjin Municipality being a key port, transportation and aviation hub, education and cultural centre and with its strong IT industry, could be an important partner of Pakistan.

He thanked the secretary for his practical proposals and suggested setting up a joint mechanism for follow-up work.

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