Li Keqiang Meets with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, Stressing to Building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Flagship Project
In the morning of November 8, 2014, Premier Li Keqiang met with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan at the Great Hall of the People.
Li Keqiang expressed that China and Pakistan are intimate and friendly neighbors and "iron friends". The Chinese side has always made it a priority of diplomatic work to develop relations with Pakistan, and is willing to work with the Pakistani side to establish a China-Pakistan community of shared destiny, so as to facilitate the development of the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation.
Li Keqiang pointed out that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor builds a strategic framework for the bilateral practical cooperation and is a flagship project for the connectivity between China and its neighboring countries. During this visit, the two countries signed more than twenty cooperation agreements, which I believe will contribute to the China-Pakistan cooperation in various fields and facilitate mutual benefit with win-win results. Both sides should make joint efforts in building the Gwadar Port and other major infrastructure projects, strengthen cooperation in energy and electricity projects and well plan the construction of industrial parks along the Economic Corridor. It is hoped that the Pakistani side could continue to take all effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Pakistan.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed that Pakistan-China friendship is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy, and the bilateral relations are built on a foundation of strong mutual trust and sound cooperation. The Pakistani side is willing to work with the Chinese side to earnestly implement the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and other major cooperative projects so as to promote the common development of the two countries and the region. Pakistan welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest and develop in the country and will go all out to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in Pakistan.
After the meeting, Chinese Premier and Pakistani Prime Minister jointly witnessed the signing of the outline of the long-term plan on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and cooperation documents on economy, technology, energy, finance, industrial parks, information communication and so on.