Islamabad - Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz called on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi here at Foreign Office yesterday.

During the meeting, Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz apprised Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi about the details of his recent visit to China. Sheikh Ansar Aziz apprised that ‘2nd Mayor Conference’ organised in Macau, an administrative region of China, was attended by the mayors of twelve different cities and on the invitation of Chinese government, he represented the federal capital and Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI). He informed that conference focused on role of different cities in Chinese government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative and in this context fruitful discussion about exchange of trade between the cities, economic development and promotion of tourism industry of the participating cities were held. He informed that key role of Islamabad in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was discussed at length. He apprised that participants of the conference were informed about the initiatives of MCI for promoting culture, sports and tourism and opportunities for the foreign investors for making their investments in the capital city.  

He also apprised Fatemi that during his visit, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding terming Islamabad sister city status of Haikou, Capital of Chinese Province Hainan, was also signed. Under the MoU, both cities will collaborate for promoting culture, sports, health, environment and commerce.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said that Pakistan and China enjoy time-tested an all-weather friendship and cordial relations among their cities will further elevate this relationship. He hoped that the Mayor Conference will bring its fruits and help promote culture, tourism and trade among the two countries.