Chinese Parliamentary delegation calls on President

Islamabad: A Chinese Parliamentary Delegation led by Ms. Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.

The delegation besides Ms. Shen Yueyue included Mr. Huang Huahua, Member of the Standing Committee of NPC, Mr. Cong Bin, Member of the Standing Committee of NPC, Mr. Wang Jinliang, Deputy Secretary-General, NPC, Mr. Yang Ruiguang, Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the General Office of the Standing Committee, NPC, Mr. Liu Jinglei, Secretary to H.E. Shen Yueyue and other high officla of the Chinese embassy. Ambassador of China to Pakistan Mr. Sun Weidong was also present.

From Pakistan side, those present during the meeting included Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Rana M. Afzal. Khan, MNA/Convener Pakistan China Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, MNA, Mr. Karamat Hussain Niazi, Secretary National Assembly , Mr. Murad Ali, Special Secretary, MOFA, Mr. Ahmad Farooq, Acting Secretary to the President and Ms. Saba Mohsin Raza , Press Secretary to the President.

The President welcomed the Chinese Parliamentary delegation and said that frequent exchange of high level visits was a manifestation of deep rooted and time tested bonds of friendship between two countries.

The President expressed hope that the visit of Parliamentary delegation would help further strengthen Pak- China bilateral ties besides promoting Parliament to Parliament and people to people contacts between the two countries. Parliamentarians from both the countries have a critical role to play in realization of the goals of friendship, the President 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 ‘s time- tested friendship, the President said that these are solidly anchored on convergence of strategic interests, strong mutual trust and are driven by an abiding interest in progress and prosperity of each other as well as promotion of peace and stability in the region.

The President 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.

The President said that the recent Pakistan-China Economic corridor project would help generate immense economic activity and create 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.

The President appreciated the strong support and assistance of the government and people of China in Pakistan’s socio- economic development and expressed hope that it will continue to the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.

Ms. Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on the occasion said that government and people of China greatly value its all – weather and time tested friendship with Pakistan and desire to see a more stable and prosperous Pakistan.

She said that bilateral partnership had gained strength due to the commitment of political leadership of both the countries. She thanked the President and government of Pakistan for the warm welcome and hospitality to her and the accompanying delegation and expressed hope that the frequent exchange of Parliamentary delegations between the two countries would provide new impetus to the existing strong strategic partnership between Pakistan and China.