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Director of China’s Foreign Affairs Commission calls on PM – Breaking News – The Nation


His Excellency Mr. Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chairman of its Foreign Affairs Committee, visited Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif today.

Leading a high-level delegation, Director Yang is visiting Pakistan on June 29-30, 2022. Upon his arrival in Islamabad, Mr. Yang was received by Syed Tariq Fatemi and Mr. Zafaruddin Mahmood, Special Assistants to the Prime Minister, and Ambassador Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Additional Secretary, and other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Director Yang Jiechi is accompanied by the Vice Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Vice President of the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) and the Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese National Commission for Development and reform (NDRC).

Warmly welcoming Director Yang, the Prime Minister extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. The prime minister noted that Director Yang’s visit marks the continuation of high-level exchanges between Pakistan and China, which is the hallmark of the all-weather proven strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

The prime minister recalled his long conversation with Premier Li Keqiang in May 2022, during which the two leaders reviewed the full range of bilateral relations and exchanged views on the regional and international situation. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of Director Yang’s visit to accelerate the implementation of the leaders’ consensus on strengthening bilateral relations in all fields.

The prime minister stressed that economic cooperation has become a pillar of the broad Pakistan-China partnership. He expressed satisfaction with the development of bilateral trade and financial ties, with China’s unwavering support playing an invaluable role in helping Pakistan offset external shocks to the global economy and demonstrating the continued resilience of China-Pakistan cooperation. at a time of heightened uncertainty on the global stage. The prime minister particularly thanked China for renewing the RMB 15 billion (US$2.3 billion) syndication facility.

The prime minister also thanked China for its support and assistance to Pakistan’s efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing millions of vaccine doses as well as protective and medical equipment.

The prime minister pointed out that as a flagship of the visionary Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), CPEC has transformed Pakistan’s economic base and enhanced its capacity for self-development. He reaffirmed the Government’s desire to speed up the pace and complete the CPEC projects as soon as possible. The Prime Minister also underscored the great importance Pakistan attaches to the strategic ML-I project and other key projects including Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), Babusar Tunnel and Karachi Desalination Plant. Karachi. The prime minister said Pakistan stands ready to work closely with China to realize the two countries’ common vision of connectivity, prosperity and public welfare. Pakistan would also continue to support Chinese investors with competitive incentives, access to high-quality infrastructure and rock-solid security arrangements.

The CPEC and growing economic ties have deepened the roots of lasting friendship between the peoples of the two countries, noted the prime minister. On this unshakable foundation, the Pakistan-China partnership will continue to play its valuable role as a factor of peace and stability in the region and beyond.

The Prime Minister reiterated his strong condemnation of the Karachi terrorist attack and stressed Pakistan’s determination to bring the perpetrators to justice. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to strengthen safety, security and protection measures for Chinese nationals, projects and institutions in the country.

Recalling the recent visit of a tri-service delegation to China led by the Army Chief of Staff, the Prime Minister welcomed the expansion of defense and security cooperation between the Pakistan and China, which contributes to regional peace and stability.

While stressing the need to strengthen people-to-people contacts, he thanked China for facilitating the return of Pakistani students to resume their studies on campus, and expressed hope that the remaining students could return soon. The Prime Minister also appreciated the Chinese decision to resume PIA flights to China and increase the frequency of weekly flights.

Exchanging views on international issues of common concern, the Prime Minister highlighted the negative impact of India’s relentless crackdown and gross violations of human rights in Indian Jammu and Kashmir illegally busy. The prime minister thanked China for its principled stance and unwavering support in the Jammu and Kashmir conflict.

The Prime Minister and Director Yang also exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, including the humanitarian and economic crises. The need for international cooperation and the unfreezing of assets to avert a humanitarian catastrophe and alleviate the misery of the Afghan people was stressed.

After the meeting, the Prime Minister held a banquet in honor of Director Yang and the accompanying delegation.

During the visit, the two parties concluded the following protocols/MoU:

• Memorandum of Understanding on the Terms of Reference/Scope of Work of the Joint G2G Technical Working Group for the Realignment of the Karakoram Highway from Thakot to Raikot.
• Protocol on sanitary and phytosanitary requirements for Rhodes grass exported from Pakistan to China.
• Protocol on sanitary and quarantine requirements for bison embryos intended for export from Pakistan to China.
• Acceptance letter of 3000 sets of solar home system.

The Chinese side announced the renewal of 2 billion dollars of SAFE deposits.

It was also reported that China would export 200,000 tons of urea fertilizer to Pakistan.

Reiterating the cordial invitation to President Xi Jinping, the Prime Minister said the people of Pakistan look forward to welcoming President Xi on his next state visit to Pakistan at the earliest.

June 29, 2022