China has special place in our hearts: NA speaker

ISLAMABAD: China has a special place in our heart and the friendship between two neighbours has no parallel in international relations, said National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The NA speaker said this while talking to the Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing who called on him at Parliament House on Tuesday.

Sadiq said, “One Built One Road is the most brilliant initiative of the Century and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the major part of this project.” He told the envoy that Pakistan is fully committed to the timely completion of all projects under CPEC. He stressed the need for regular interaction between the parliamentarians and business community of both the countries to further strengthen the existing relations.

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The NA speaker informed the envoy that the relations between Pakistan and China are based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interest, and both the countries have always stood with each other at difficult times.

Sadiq, while discussing the First Speakers Conference held in Islamabad, said, “We must resolve our issue with collective wisdom of the region.” He further said the time will come very soon when we will control the menace of terrorism and will enhance the connectivity for prosperity among stakeholders of the region.

While congratulating the speaker on holding the Speakers Conference in Islamabad, Ambassador Jing declared the event ‘the beauty of the Parliamentary diplomacy’. He also credited Ayaz Sadiq for the conference.

The envoy further said that this remarkable conference has encouraged the regional stake holders for further strengthening of parliamentary cooperation and connectivity to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity.

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Jing said, “A strong and prosperous Pakistan is the real strength of China.” He asserted that Pakistan has an unrivalled importance in China’s strategic calculations, and added that the leadership of both countries has demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He also reiterated that a vibrant Pak-China cooperation is central for tackling challenges in the region and beyond.

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