Xi willing to pay state visit to Pakistan

Mamnoon says Pakistan to ensure safety of Chinese citizens, projects

SHANGHAI – President Mamnoon Hussain and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday agreed to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts during a bilateral meeting.

President Xi said that China backs Pakistan in practicing a counter-terrorism strategy based on its national conditions and was willing to enhance bilateral security cooperation to safeguard the peace and stability of the two countries and the region.

Mamnoon said that the East Turkistan terrorism forces were a common enemy of Pakistan and China and vowed to make joint efforts with China to combat the terrorists. Pakistan would take effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and projects in the country, he said.

Xi hailed the recent development of China-Pakistan relations and said he was willing to pay a state visit to Pakistan at a proper time to push bilateral strategic coordination and pragmatic cooperation to a new stage. Mamnoon said that Pakistani-Chinese friendship was the foundation of Pakistani foreign relations.

Pakistan appreciates China's long-term support, he said, stressing that the government and the people expect Xi to visit the country at an early date. On economic cooperation, Xi called on the two countries to jointly promote the construction of the China-Pakistan economic corridor, an important part of the Silk Road economic belt and the 21st century maritime Silk Road.

He urged the two sides to ensure the operation of joint projects in Gwadar port and Lahore Metro. Hailing the Pakistan-China economic corridor, Mamnoon said Pakistan was willing to create good conditions for projects and hopes the two sides will enhance cooperation in electricity. The two leaders witnessed the signing of a framework agreement on the orange line of the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System.

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