No hostile forces will undermine ‘iron-clad’ Sino-Pak ties: PM



Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday and discussed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, vaccine provisions and bilateral ties.

"Chinese Ambassador Mr. Nong Rong called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today," read an official statement.

"During the meeting, views were exchanged on China-Pakistan bilateral relations, CPEC, vaccines and mutual cooperation in other sectors," it added.

The Chinese envoy also conveyed greetings from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang on the occasion of Pakistan's Independence Day.

"The Prime Minister warmly reciprocated the greetings of the Chinese leadership. The Prime Minister also appreciated China’s consistent support to Pakistan in its fight against COVID-19 and provision of vaccines including under the COVAX facility," it added.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan, during the meeting with the envoy, underscored that Pakistan and China were ‘iron brothers’ and no hostile forces would be allowed to undermine this ‘iron-clad’ friendship

The premier, it added, said that CPEC was a transformational project and both the countries should work closely to make it a 'high-quality demonstration project of BRI'. He underscored the government’s resolve for the timely completion of CPEC projects.

China-Pakistan cooperation in trade, commerce and investment, people-to-people contacts, and mining and natural resources was also discussed.

"In the context of the regional situation, the Prime Minister reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to steadfastly support efforts for a negotiated political settlement," the communique concluded.

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