January 10, 2018
PM for boosting cooperation between China, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that deepening strong bonds of friendship and multi-sector cooperation between Pakistan and China would continue with great fervour as ever before.
He has reiterated upon expanding people-to-people contacts and collaboration in various areas, ranging from trade & commerce to education and culture. The prime minister was talking to Ambassador of China to Pakistan Yao Jing who called on him at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Tuesday.
It was their maiden meeting. The premier congratulated Ambassador Yao on his appointment to Pakistan and reiterated strengthening the all weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two nations. He expressed the confidence that Ambassador Yao will actively contribute towards smooth and expeditious implementation of the CPEC projects.
Ambassador Yao Jing thanked Prime Minister Abbasi and the government for a very warm welcome to Pakistan and assured to play his part in realising the vision of Pakistani and Chinese leadership for the benefit of people of the region.
In another diplomatic interaction Major General (retd) Ashimiyu Adebayo Olaniyi, High Commissioner of Nigeria in Pakistan, also called on the prime minister. The prime minister congratulated Ambassador Olaniyi on his appointment to Pakistan.
The premier stated that Pakistan could provide cooperation in various sectors including health, infrastructure, education and human resource management. “There is a lot of trade potential between the two countries that can be utilised for the benefit of the people of Pakistan and Nigeria”, added the prime minister.
In this context, he emphasised the need for regularly holding the Pakistan–Nigeria Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) meetings. The brotherly countries can help each other through sharing of expertise, added the Prime Minister.
The prime minister recalled his meeting with President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of 9th D-8 Summit in October last year. The Nigerian high commissioner thanked the prime minister for the warm welcome and expressed his strong commitment to further expanding bilateral relations.