On Monday, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif via telephone. During their discussion, they talked about the bilateral relations that exist between the two nations.
Shehbaz Sharif and Li Keqiang talked on the phone the other day, and one of the topics they covered was the current state of affairs in the surrounding area.
According to a handout that was distributed by the Prime Minister’s Office, the conversations between the two leaders were characterized by the typical warmth and cordiality that has been synonymous with the relationship between Pakistan and China.
In addition, Prime Minister Shehbaz offered his condolences to Premier Li following the murder of Chinese nationals in Karachi as a result of a terrorist act. The Prime Minister of Pakistan issued a vehement condemnation of the terrorist attack and underlined Pakistan’s steadfast resolve to conduct a comprehensive investigation, apprehend the perpetrators of this criminal crime, and bring them to justice in accordance with our laws.
He reaffirmed that Pakistan placed the utmost importance on the safety, security, and protection of all Chinese nationals working in Pakistan on economic projects and institutions and gave Prime Minister Li his assurance that his government was determined to take all of the necessary steps for the enhanced safety and security of Chinese nationals working in Pakistan.
In addition, the two Premiers discussed in depth a variety of bilateral issues, during which they came to the conclusion that Pakistan and China would not tolerate anyone trying to undermine the tried-and-true all-weather strategic cooperative partnership that exists between their two nations.
Shehbaz Sharif expressed gratitude to China for its steadfast support of Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national development. He also reaffirmed his government’s commitment to providing unflinching support to China on all matters pertaining to China’s vital interests.
The prime minister reaffirmed his government’s firm resolve to fast-track both the ongoing as well as the new projects that are part of the transformational CPEC, which had immensely contributed to the socio-economic development of Pakistan and also helped Pakistan realize its high-quality development.
He emphasized the need for both parties to work together and increase cooperation between the relevant authorities of the two nations in order to quickly and completely operationalize the Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
Shehbaz expressed his desire to learn from the experience of those Chinese officials who have remained instrumental in setting up SEZs in their provinces while he was recalling Pakistan-China sister-city partnerships. Shehbaz said that he wanted to learn from the experience of those Chinese officials.
The prime minister also stated that he is dedicated to continuing to collaborate with China with his full fervor and passion, particularly on endeavors that are of strategic importance to both countries, such as the ML-1 project.
While putting an emphasis on people-to-people relations, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also addressed the concerns of the families of Pakistani students who wanted to continue their education in China but were prevented from doing so due to the travel ban.
Premier Li gave the Prime Minister of Pakistan the assurance that China is prepared to increase economic relations, boost trade, and encourage more investments from China to Pakistan.
Both of the countries’ leaders were of the opinion that the Pak-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership must continue to serve the vital interests of the people in both countries, as well as the broader interests of peace and stability in the context of the changing regional and global surroundings.