Islamabad: Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng — who arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a three-day visit — was accorded a welcome by Shehbaz Sharif on his arrival at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad on Monday.
Upon He Lifeng’s arrival, the prime minister introduced his delegation comprising federal cabinet members Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Ishaq Dar, Rana Sanaullah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ahsan Iqbal, Saad Rafiq, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Hina Rabbani Khar and Tariq Fatemi to the Chinese vice premier.
The Chinese Vice Premier also introduced his delegation to the Prime Minister.
“They are visiting Pakistan to join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of CPEC and witnessing first-hand the transformations brought about by this game-changing initiative,” the PM tweeted.
It is my pleasure to warmly welcome the Chinese Vice-Premier H.E. He Lifeng and members of his delegation to Pakistan. They are visiting Pakistan to join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of CPEC and witnessing first-hand the transformations brought about by this…— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 31, 2023
The Chinese vice premier arrived in Islamabad a day earlier at the invitation of the Pakistani government. He was welcomed at the airport by Dar and Sanaullah.
According to the Foreign Office, the visiting dignitary will be in Pakistan from July 30 to August 1 (Tuesday). He Lifeng will attend a ceremony celebrating a decade of CPEC as the chief guest.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and China have signed six agreements and MOUs for promotion of bilateral cooperation.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by PM Shehbaz and the visiting Chinese Vice Premier.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Shehbaz said the documents signed today are aimed at further enhancing economic relations between Pakistan and China.
The Prime Minister said under the CPEC, more than twenty-five billion dollars’ worth of investment has taken place in Pakistan's power and hydel sector, road infrastructure and public transport. He said we are now entering the second phase of the CPEC which will envisage investments in sectors such as agriculture and information technology.