ISLAMABAD (Asia Free Press) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and discussed the regional situation, official said.
In a statement, issued from the Prime Minister office, Khan and Wang meet on the sidelines of SCO Council of Heads of State, in Dushanbe today.
“China-Pakistan bilateral relations, CPEC and regional situation were discussed,” it’s said.
The Prime Minister conveyed cordial greetings for President Xi and Premier Li and said that Pakistan and China were ‘iron brothers’ and strategic partners.
Khan appreciated China’s support for assisting Pakistan’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister underscored that CPEC was a transformational project and both sides were working for its timely completion.
The $64 billion CPEC — a network of roads, railways, and pipelines — is aiming to connect China’s strategically important northwestern Xinxiang province to the port of Gawadar in far away in Balochistan.
While the corridor will give China easy access to Africa and the Mideast, it will make Pakistan earn billions of dollars and spur business activities along the road network replacing the fabled Silk Road.
Pakistani premier underlined that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of critical importance for Pakistan and the region.
“In this perspective, Pakistan had assiduously supported the Afghan peace process. Pakistan and China had maintained close collaboration for the meeting of six neighbouring countries of Afghanistan for a coordinated regional approach,” Khan said.
He added that the international community should remain engaged in support of the Afghan people and take steps to prevent a humanitarian crisis and to stabilise the economy.
It was agreed that the two sides would maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and closely coordinate on all issues of common interest.