ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the strategic cooperative partnership between Pakistan and China will be further strengthened during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government.
Talking to the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang who called on him on Monday to felicitate him on the assumption of the office, Imran Khan said that Pakistan and China are close friends and strong partners.
Imran Khan conveyed that he is keen to learn from Chinese experience in poverty alleviation, anti-corruption and social sector reforms like health and education as these are his government’s priorities for domestic reforms.
The prime minister said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a project of national significance and will remain a priority during his government. He lauded the services of Chinese workers in the development of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to continue to closely coordinate with China on all regional and international issues of mutual concern.
While congratulating Imran Khan on his party’s victory in general elections and forming the new government, Premier Li Keqiang Premier Li said that Pakistan and China are all weather friends. He expressed the desire to work closely with Prime Minister Imran Khan to further strengthen Pakistan-China bilateral relations. He hoped that CPEC will be completed as per schedule.
Premier Li Keqiang extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit China.
Imran Khan thanked Premier Li Keqiang for his invitation, and said that he is eagerly looking forward to his first visit to China.
The prime minister also extended an invitation to Premier Li Keqiang to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.