Islamabad, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, held a comprehensive telephone conversation today. The two leaders’ discussion was characterized by warmth and cordiality, in keeping with the best traditions of the Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.
The Prime Minister and the Chinese Premier exchanged New Year greetings, noting that bilateral relations had grown to new heights in 2022, and agreeing to maintain the steady momentum of bilateral cooperation in 2023.
Recalling his visit to China in November 2022 and wide-ranging conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li, the Prime Minister underscored Pakistan’s commitment to fostering closer relations with China, and reiterated Pakistan’s unstinting support on China’s core interests. They also discussed regional issues of mutual interest.
The Prime Minister emphasized Pakistan’s unswerving focus on timely progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and assured the Chinese Premier that Pakistan would provide a completely secure and conducive business environment for Chinese investors.
Premier Li Keqiang assured the Prime Minister that China viewed Pakistan not only as a strategic friend but as a country whose stability and economic welfare was of utmost importance to the region and to China. China would always stand in solidarity with Pakistan, Premier Li added.
Noting the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan being held in Geneva on 9 January, the Prime Minister briefed Premier Li on the latest progress in post-flood reconstruction and rehabilitation in Pakistan and conveyed Pakistan’s profound gratitude for China’s prompt and generous support for the flood-affected people. Premier Li assured the Prime Minister of China’s continued support for Pakistan’s reconstruction efforts and the success of the Conference.
Both leaders agreed to maintain close communication to fast-track the bilateral cooperation agenda for mutual benefit of the peoples of Pakistan and China in 2023 and beyond.