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Pakistan to extend cooperation with China in aviation sector

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have mutually agreed to extend bilateral relations and work collectively particularly in aviation sector.

Federal Minister for Aviation Lt. Gen. (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Yao Jing held a meeting on Tuesday and discussed different matters of mutual cooperation in various sectors.

Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Hassan Baig and senior officials of aviation division were also present on this occasion.

The Chinese Ambassador appreciated the role of the caretaker government and that it has ensured free, fair and transparent general elections. He commended the efforts of caretaker setup for the smooth transition of the government and expressed satisfaction on overall conduct of general elections.

The envoy said the caretaker government has made the successful democratic process to further pave the way for the political stability in Pakistan, which is mandatory for the development of the country.

The aviation minister thanked the ambassador and apprised him regarding steps taken for the uplift of aviation industry. It was mutually decided to extend cooperation for the development of airport projects and enhancement of air travel facilities between two countries.

Mr. Lodhi appreciated the cooperation of China for the construction and development of Gwadar airport project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said that China and Pakistan are friends and this strategic partnership is unique in many ways, and both countries have undoubtedly supported each other through thick and thin, adding that this relationship is gaining strength with every passing day.

Both sides affirmed to strengthen the regional cooperation and bilateral relations to ensure the prosperity and sustainable development of aviation sector.

Chinese Ambassador hoped the cooperation between both countries in the aviation sector will further continue and assured to collaborate in different projects. He assured support and affirmed that China is willing to work closely with Pakistan in the aviation sector.

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