Nawaz meets Chinese prime minister, assures Pakistan's support for On Belt, One Road

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BEIJING:  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday on Saturday held a meeting with Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and told him that Pakistan fully supports China’s giant One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, assuring the Chinese leader that Islamabad would work closely with Beijing  to contribute for the region’s prosperity.

The meeting, which took place at Peoples Great Hall of China, focused on intra-regional trade and connectivity as a crucial factor for sustainable development of Asia and beyond.

The two sides discussed progress on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), – an important part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s One Belt, One Road vision. 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  congratulated Premier Li Keqiang on hosting the OBOR forum and said Pakistan fully supports the project.

He said composition of his delegation to China particularly the presence of four chief ministers was testimony to the broad-based Pak-China friendship.

Pakistan believed that China’s strategic policies in the region were for peace and prosperity, he added.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan was grateful to China’s support for the launch of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir, Planning Minister Dr Ahsan Iqbal, State Minister for Information Technology Anousha Rehman and PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

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