Saudi, Chinese ministers call on Imran

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Riyadh invites PM to visit kingdom; Wang underscores significance of relations

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday held separate meetings with the Saudi information minister and the Chinese foreign minister at Prime Minister’s Office.
Saudi Minister for Information and Culture Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad assured PM Khan that the Kingdom fully supports Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and stability in the region. The two discussed other matters of mutual interest as well.
The Saudi official conveyed felicitations to PM Khan on behalf of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, and invited him to visit Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry both attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr Wang Yi, during his meeting with he Prime Minister, underscored the significance of China-Pakistan relationship which served as a model of friendship in interstate relations.
Mr Wang Yi, who heads a high-level delegation including three Vice-Ministers, is on an official visit to Islamabad.
The State Councilor congratulated the Prime Minister on his assumption of the office. He expressed best wishes of the Chinese leadership for the new Government. He also conveyed the desire of Chinese leadership to work with the new Government for further enhancing the strategic partnership between Pakistan and China. Mr. Wang Yi underscored the significance of CPEC for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries. He also conveyed the invitation of Premier Li Keqiang for an official visit to the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister thanked Wang Yi for the good wishes of Chinese leadership. He reiterated that friendship with China is a cornerstone of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy.
He thanked the Chinese Premier for the invitation to visit China and looked forward to his visit and meetings with the Chinese leadership. The Prime Minister reiterated that the Government is committed to the implementation of CPEC. During the meeting, regional situation and global issues were also discussed.

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