China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou, along with his delegation called on the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday at the prime minister’s Office. Xuanyou is visiting Pakistan for the eighth round of Pakistan-China Strategic Dialogue.

The assistant minister conveyed the best regards of Premier Li to PM Abbasi. He appreciated Pakistan’s support to China on its core issues and thanked the prime minister for his letter of congratulations to the Chinese leadership at the success of 19th CPC Congress.

PM Abbasi stated that China is Pakistan’s iron brother and thanked Xuanyou for the message from Premier Li.

The prime minister expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between Pakistan and China on all issues of bilateral importance including high-level interactions, CPEC, trade, security and situation in the region and Afghanistan.

The prime minister noted that CPEC energy and infrastructure projects are progressing smoothly and achieving timely attainment. He emphasised the need to further intensify cooperation on all CPEC projects including projects related to human development and livelihood, education, health etc. so that the benefits of CPEC could trickle down to the common man.

The prime minister also stated that both China and Pakistan share the vision of a peaceful neighbourhood for development and progress of the two nations; and reiterated their resolve to further strengthen Pakistan-China strategic cooperative cooperation.