ISLAMABAD - The recent meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh in New York was one of the hot topics of discussion at the Chinese reception hosted by Ambassador Sun Weidong to celebrate 64th anniversary of China at the Embassy Monday night.
President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest at the ceremony, which was attended among others by Federal Ministers, Members of the Parliament, diplomats, senior civil and military officers and media-persons. Guest diplomats mostly from the European countries described the meeting Pakistani and Indian PMs’ a positive development that would help in reducing tension between the two south Asian neighbours.
Earlier, addressing the ceremony, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan and China were determined to further strengthen their all-weather and multifaceted friendship, which has always stood the test of time. “Our friendship is rooted in a shared history and cultural heritage. Our brotherly and fraternal ties have grown from strength to strength every year,” the President said.
The President said that the newly elected leaderships in both the countries were determined to take this strategic relationship further in the coming years.
“We are committed to forging stronger ties so that the extraordinary narrative of our friendship is transmitted to our next generations”, he remarked.
The President said that the highly successful visits of Premier Li Keqiang to Pakistan in May and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to China in July this year have further cemented this relationship.
He said that Pakistan looks forward to early progress on Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and building on existing cooperation in areas of mutual interest and by exploring new avenues for fruitful collaboration.
“Pakistan and China remain committed, as ever, to work together to fashion a better, more prosperous future for our children, and to ensure that they inherit a more peaceful and harmonious world”, the President maintained.
Mamnoon said that China’s extraordinary rise over the past 64 years bears testimony to the wisdom of its leadership and the genius of its people.
“China has become a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for the peoples of developing countries around the globe”, he said, adding, Pakistan rejoices in China’s phenomenal success and supports its efforts for the promotion of peace and harmony in the region and the world.
The President extended felicitations to Chinese Ambassador, the officials of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad as well as to the government and people of China on the auspicious occasion of their country’s founding day.
The President also availed the opportunity to ask Ambassador Sun Weidong to convey his best wishes for President Xi Jinping’s good health and happiness; and for the continued progress and prosperity of the Chinese people.
The Chinese Ambassador, in his welcome remarks, said that China and Pakistan are close and friendly neighbors, and all-weather strategic partners.
The two peoples are not only friends, but also brothers, he said, adding, “China-Pakistan friendship is deeply rooted in our hearts, and has become a noble belief with the passing of time.”
The Ambassador said China-Pakistan relationship is an example of state-to-state relations, adding, this year, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have exchanged visits successfully within six weeks, reached a series of important consensus.
Currently, the two sides are actively implementing these important consensuses, and jointly planning and constructing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he added.
Ambassador Sun said the two sides attach more attention to the pivot projects of the transportation infrastructure, the energy and economic zones along the corridor, which will combine China’s “Western Development” strategy and “Opening up to the West” policy together with Pakistan’s blueprint for national development, and benefit the peoples of our two countries and the region.
The two sides will enhance the friendly exchanges in various fields and learn from each other, he said, adding, the two sides will strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and jointly safeguard peace and stability of region and world.
Later, President Mamnoon along with Ambassador Sun Weidong and other dignitaries cut the special cake to mark the Chinese founding day.