Samarkand (Web Desk): Pakistan and China have reiterated the resolve to take their bilateral relations to greater heights.
The understanding was reached during bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's (SCO) Council of Heads of State (CHS) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The two leaders agreed to build a Pak-China community for shared future in the New Era.
They reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchanged views on important regional and international issues of mutual interest.
This was Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's first meeting with the Chinese president since assuming office and was marked by traditional warmth and exceptional mutual trust and understanding.
Both the leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchanged views on important regional and international issues of mutual interest.
This was the prime minister’s first meeting with the Chinese president since assuming office in April 2022.
The interaction between the two leaders was marked by traditional warmth as well as exceptional mutual trust and understanding.
In his welcoming remarks, the Chinese president described PM Shehbaz as "a person of pragmatism and efficiency". He also added that the prime minister was a leader with "a longstanding commitment to China-Pakistan friendship".
Noting the enduring nature of China-Pakistan bilateral ties, PM Shehbaz underlined that our 'All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership' and Iron-brotherhood had withstood the test of time.
He reaffirmed his personal resolve to take their bilateral relations to greater heights.
PM Shehbaz extended his best wishes to President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China for the forthcoming 20th CPC National Congress.
He underscored that the SCO provided an excellent forum to further their shared vision and mutual values into concrete plans for regional cooperation and integration.
The prime minister thanked President Xi, the government and the people of China for the generous and timely support to the flood affected people in Pakistan.
He said that the outpouring of sympathy and support from all quarters across China was touching and a true reflection of the "unique" friendship between China and Pakistan.
PM Shehbaz condoled with President Xi over the tragic loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Sichuan Province on September 5, 2022, emphasizing that the Government and people of Pakistan stood with China in the face of this natural calamity.
The prime minister briefed President Xi on his government’s policies for Pakistan’s sustained growth, industrial development, agricultural modernization, and regional connectivity.
Both leaders welcomed the signing of a Protocol to the Framework Agreement on ML-1 Railway Project.
PM Shehbaz reiterated Pakistan’s consistent and unwavering support to China on all issues of its core interest including Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
He also thanked the Chinese government for support extended to Pakistan for its sovereignty and territorial integrity, FATF, national development, COVID-19 pandemic and other areas.
Sharing his views with President Xi on the international situation, the prime minister highlighted that challenges like climate change, health pandemics and growing inequalities could only be tackled through cooperation of all nations in accordance with the UN Charter.
He lauded President Xi’s visionary Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Global Development Initiative (GDI), which called for collective action for sustainable development and win-win outcomes.
PM Shehbaz highlighted the serious human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and thanked China for its principled stand on the dispute.
The two leaders reaffirmed their resolve to building the Pakistan-China Community for Shared Future in the New Era.
The prime minister renewed his invitation to President Xi Jinping to undertake a state visit to Pakistan, underlining that the people of Pakistan were looking forward to accord a warm welcome to him.
While acknowledging the invitation, President Xi stated that he was looking forward to PM Shehbaz Sharif's visit to China at an early date.