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Pakistani President Arif Alvi Meets with Qin Gang

2023-05-06 15:34

On May 5, 2023 local time, Pakistani President Arif Alvi met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Islamabad.

Alvi asked Qin Gang to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping. He said that the Pakistan-China friendship is rooted in the profound traditional friendship between the people of the two countries. The more the international situation undergoes profound changes, the more necessary it is to forge a close and solid Pakistan-China friendship and carry forward the fine tradition of frequent exchanges between the two countries. Pakistan wholeheartedly appreciates China's strong support for the country's pandemic response and post-disaster reconstruction, as well as the evacuation of Pakistani nationals from Sudan. Pakistan is firmly committed to the one-China policy and supports China in sovereignty, territorial integrity and other issues concerning its core interests. Pakistan looks forward to working with China to advance the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and deepen cooperation in agriculture, connectivity, and information technology. Pakistan will do its utmost to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan and stands ready to work with China to promote peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Qin Gang conveyed President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings to Alvi. He said that China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, with consolidating and developing the "ironclad" friendship being the priority of successive governments of both countries. China has always firmly stood with Pakistan, supported Pakistan's unity, stability, development and prosperity, and backed Pakistan's efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. China is ready to join hands with Pakistan to implement the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, jointly fend off external risks and challenges, and take solid steps to advance the building of a China-Pakistan community with a shared future.

Qin Gang pointed out that China is ready to work with Pakistan to advance high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, accelerate the development of the CPEC, and deepen cooperation in such fields as industry, agriculture, information technology, and disaster prevention and mitigation. China is also ready to help Pakistan revive its economy and improve people's well-being. Noting that the two sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, Qin Gang said more excellent students of Pakistan are welcome to China for study. China is ready to work with Pakistan to strengthen communication and coordination on the Afghan issue, promote peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan, and help maintain regional stability and development.

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