BEJING: Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC) Mr. Song Tao called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing on Friday.
Speaking during the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan recalled that Mr. Song’s visit to Pakistan in October had cemented bilateral relationship and fostered greater mutual understanding.
Pakistan attaches importance to relations with China, and was committed to enhancing cooperation across the board, he added.
The Prime Minister noted that the goodwill amongst the peoples of Pakistan and China provided firm basis for the Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership for Shared Future. As the representatives of their respective nations, relations between the ruling parties in both countries were of paramount importance.
Imran Khan said that Pakistan fully shared the IDCPC’s mission of promoting people to people contacts, including exchanges between political parties, academia, media, youth, women and think tanks. These exchanges would ensure that the exceptional friendship between Pakistan and China endures from generation to generation, he added.
Mr. Song stated that the Prime Minister’s first official visit to China since assuming office was in keeping with the time-honoured traditions of the special friendship between Pakistan and China. He reaffirmed that the IDCPC would always play its role in strengthening Pakistan-China relations, which have always enjoyed a special place in China’s international relations.
Meanwhile, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Mr. Jin Liqun also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing.
The Prime Minister stated that, as a founding member of the AIIB, Pakistan fully supports the Bank’s mission. The AIIB had achieved good results in a very short span of time since its establishment in 2016 and was financing projects in Pakistan. Pakistan looks forward to strengthening its cooperation with the AIIB.
Imran Khan informed President AIIB that his government had prioritized economic revival and structural reforms. The government is also making all-out efforts for poverty alleviation. The Prime Minister underscored that several cooperation opportunities existed in Pakistan’s power generation and transmission, transport, water supply sectors. The Prime Minister welcomed AIIB to explore projects in these areas.
President Jin stated that the AIIB was committed to supporting projects in Pakistan. AIIB would actively engage with Pakistan to review project proposals and look forward to playing its role in Pakistan’s economic development, while upholding the shared principles of openness transparency, independence and accountability.—INP