Pakistan, Turkey vow to strengthen ties

Pakistan, Turkey vow to strengthen ties

BEIJING: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting in Beijing on Saturday and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations.

In his remarks, the Prime Minister said Pakistan and Turkey enjoy time tested relations and people of both the countries have stood by each other in hour of trial.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and discussed various issues of mutual interests.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister was accompanied by all four chief ministers of provinces and other members of his entourage. The Pakistani delegation held talks with Chinese President.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed the resolve to further cement ties with Pakistan by enhancing cooperation in multiple spheres. The Chinese President expressed satisfaction over the pace of growing bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan stands with China for promotion of Chinese initiative of One Belt and One Road.

Nawaz Sharif said CPEC is a core component of the visionary initiative of the One belt-One Road.

After the meeting with President Xi Jinping Pakistan and China signed a series of agreements in Beijing for cooperation in different sectors.

The first MoU was related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative.

An MoU was also signed on upgradation of main railway line track ML-I and establishment of Havelian Dry Port. Three agreements were pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth 3.4 billion Yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

Federal Ministers, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and Chief Ministers of all four provinces were also present on the occasion.

Later in the day, PM Nawaz also met a delegation of Chinese energy companies in Beijing.

Addressing the delegation of the energy companies in Beijing, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan was focusing on its energy sector and was currently executing projects which will help it overcome the current energy deficit.

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