PM Shehbaz, Premier Li Keqiang discuss CPEC progress

Shehbaz Li Keqiang

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Thursday held a telephonic conversation with his Chinese counterpart, Premier Li Keqiang, wherein the two leaders discussed the timely progress of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

During the conversation, PM Shehbaz also assured the Chinese Premier that Pakistan would provide a completely secure and conducive business environment for Chinese investors.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office read: “The two leaders’ discussion was characterized by warmth and cordiality, in keeping with the best traditions of the Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.”

The two premiers exchanged new year greetings, noting that bilateral relations had grown to new heights in 2022, and agreeing to maintain the steady momentum of bilateral cooperation in 2023.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also recalled his meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang when he visited the People’s Republic of China in November last year.

Premier Li Keqiang, for his part, assured PM Shehbaz that China viewed Pakistan not only as a strategic friend but as a country whose stability and economic welfare were of utmost importance to the region and China.

“China would always stand in solidarity with Pakistan,” Premier Li added.

Noting the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan being held in Geneva on January 9, PM Shehbaz briefed Premier Li on the latest progress in post-flood reconstruction and rehabilitation in Pakistan.

He conveyed Pakistan’s profound gratitude for China’s prompt and generous support for the flood-affected people.