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Saturday, November 30, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the frequent exchange of high level visits between Pakistan and China are a manifestation of a deep-rooted and time-tested bond of friendship between the two countries.

 

A Chinese parliamentary delegation led by Shen Yueyue, vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Friday called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the President House.

 

Welcoming the delegation, the president expressed the hope that the visit of the parliamentary delegation would help to further strengthen Pak- China ties, besides promoting parliament to parliament and people to people bilateral contacts. “Parliamentarians from both the countries have a critical role to play in order to realise the goals of friendship,” President Mamnoon said and urged for increased interaction of the parliamentarians, businessmen, youth and intellectuals to share views and learn from each others’ experiences.

 

Commenting on the Sino-Pak time-tested friendship, the president noted that the relations were solidly anchored on convergence of strategic interests, strong mutual trust and were driven by an abiding interest in progress, prosperity of each other as well as promotion of peace and stability in the region. He said that Pakistan was keen to learn from the Chinese economic and development miracle and benefit from its expertise in diverse areas including energy, irrigation, agriculture, communications and commerce and trade.

 

He added that the recent Pak-China Economic corridor project would help generate immense economic activity by creating new vistas of employment opportunities in the region thus ushering in a new era of progress and prosperity for the people of both the countries. He appreciated the strong support and assistance of the government and people of China in Pakistan’s socio- economic development and hoped that it would continue to the mutual benefit of the two peoples.

 

Shen Yueyue, vice chairperson of the Standing Committee of NPC said that the government and the people of China greatly valued its strong friendship with Pakistan and desired to see a more stable and prosperous Pakistan. She added that the bilateral partnership had gained strength due to the commitment of political leadership of the countries. She thanked the president and the government of Pakistan for their warm welcome and hospitality and remarked that the frequent exchange of parliamentary delegations would provide new impetus to the existing strong strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.

 

Besides Shen Yueyue, the delegation included Huang Huahua, member of the Standing Committee of NPC, Cong Bin, member of the Standing Committee of NPC, Wang Jinliang, deputy secretary-general NPC, Yang Ruiguang, deputy director-general of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the General Office of the Standing Committee, NPC, Liu Jinglei, secretary to Shen Yueyue and other high officials of the Chinese Embassy. Ambassador of China to Pakistan Sun Weidong was also present on the occasion.

 

Alternatively, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, deputy speaker National Assembly, Rana M Afzal Khan, MNA/convener Pakistan China Parliamentary Friendship Group, Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, MNA, Karamat Hussain Niazi, secretary National Assembly, Murad Ali, special secretary, MOFA, Ahmad Farooq, acting secretary to the President and Saba Mohsin Raza, press secretary to the President represented the Pakistani delegation.