Prime Minister Imran Khan Meets Chairman National People’s Congress
Beijing, 9 October 2019: GNP: Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chairman National People’s Congress, Li Zhanshu, today at the Great Hall of the People. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Minister of Railways, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Energy and other senior officials.
Congratulating Chairman Li on 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan and China were close friends, steadfast partners and ‘iron brothers. Prime Minister underlined that China’s economic transformation in last few decades had been very impressive and worth emulating. He particularly noted that Pakistan wanted to learn from China’s experience of poverty mitigation and expressed his determination to reduce poverty in Pakistan by following China’s model.
Prime Minister stressed that completion of CPEC was top priority of his government and hoped that Phase-II of CPEC would pave way to promote further socio-economic development and livelihood opportunities for the people of Pakistan. Prime Minister also solicited support of China in improving Pakistan’s agriculture and AI sectors. . The Prime Minister proposed that, given Pakistan’s unique advantages, Chinese companies may relocate their industries to Pakistan.
Prime Minister thanked China for its steadfast support to Pakistan on all issues of Pakistan’s national interest. Prime Minister underscored that India’s illegal actions of 5 August had created a dire humanitarian situation in the IoJK and urged that the curfew imposed for over two months in IoJK needed to be lifted immediately enabling people to have access to basic human needs. He also highlighted the risks for peace and security in the region due to those actions.
Chairman Li Zhanshu reaffirmed Chinese leadership’s commitment to support Pakistan on issues of its core national interest. Mr. Li, recognizing the promise of Pakistan with its forward-looking policies, maintained that China would support Pakistan in initiatives proposed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Mr. Li also maintained that both China and Pakistan could propose new projects that could be included in the CPEC.
Both leaders agreed to carry forward the momentum of bilateral visits and enhance parliamentary linkages which would further cement Pakistan-China bilateral ties. They also underscored commitment to enhance cooperation in political, cultural, educational and people-to-people ties.
Prime Minister Imran Khan invited Chairman NPC to visit Pakistan. Chairman graciously accepted the invitation. GNP