Chinese Premier calls Pak PM Imran Khan, discusses bilateral ties

Beijing, China Published: Aug 21, 2018, 08:21 PM(IST)

Imran Khan. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Li congratulated Imran Khan for taking office as Pakistani prime minister.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on bilateral ties on Monday.

Li congratulated Imran Khan for taking office as Pakistani prime minister.

The two countries have enjoyed a strong strategic cooperative partnership and the bilateral ties withstood the test of time, including a changing international scene, Li said, adding that the two sides always treat each other on equal footing and support each other.

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to Pakistan in 2015, which greatly promoted the development of the bilateral ties, Li said.

China will continue to firmly support Pakistan's efforts to preserve its national security, stability and development, Li said.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a landmark project in bilateral cooperation in the new era, Li noted, adding that China appreciates the Pakistani prime minister's remarks on firmly supporting its construction, and hopes that the two sides will work out plans for its development.

China also appreciates Pakistan's great efforts in safeguarding the corridor's construction and believes that Pakistan will continue to take measures to guarantee the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in the country as well as cooperation projects, Li said.

For his part, Imran Khan said the Pakistani people have a profound friendship with the Chinese people.

China always stood on the Pakistani side when Pakistan was at its most difficult moments, he said, adding that the new Pakistani government is willing to forge stronger relations than ever with the Chinese side.

The Pakistan-China Economic Corridor brings new development opportunities for Pakistan, and the country will continue to promote its construction and take the strictest precautions to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel and projects, he said.

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