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President reaffirms Pakistan’s desire to improve ties with China, Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Newly-elected President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday reiterated the resolve to work with China to take the bilateral relationship to new heights during his tenure. He was talking to a high-level delegation led by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who called on him in Islamabad. The president underlined the significance of China in Pakistan’s foreign policy and looked forward to strengthening the strategic partnership in all the areas. The foreign minister congratulated the president on his assumption of office…

PM reaffirms Pakistan’s desire to enhance economic cooperation with Iran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to enhance mutually beneficial economic cooperation with Iran including bilateral trade, investments and commercial interaction. “In order to meet the bilateral trade target of five billion dollar by 2021, the two sides should work together in all the earnest,” he said while talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif who called on him in Islamabad. Read More: Miftah reiterates continued economic cooperation with World Bank Shahid…

UK expresses desire to partner in CPEC projects

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom has expressed the desire to partner in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects. The Commercial Counselor at the Pakistan High Commission London Sajid Mehmood Raja has said that UK had communicated its strong support for the CPEC. Read More: China removes ambassador’s offer of ‘renaming CPEC’ from embassy website He said the UK is the 3rd largest destination of the Pakistani exports globally and the top destination within the European Union. The commercial counselor hoped that…

PM expresses desire to transform Pakistan-Kyrgyzstan ties into strategic partnership

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said Pakistan values its friendly relations with Kyrgyzstan and is keen to further strengthen these ties in all fields. “Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan enjoy excellent political relations and strong defence cooperation,” he said while talking to a delegation led by Speaker of Kyrgyz Parliament Tursunbekov Chynybal Akunovich in Islamabad. He said cooperation between the two national assemblies must grow to transform our special ties into a strategic partnership encompassing all…

Pakistan welcomes Saudi Arabia, Iran’s desire to join CPEC

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said Saudi Arabia and Iran's desire to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework was a good step and Pakistan would welcome their involvement. “Pakistan welcomes both the brotherly Islamic countries, if they want to be part of CPEC,” he said. He said Pakistan would also welcome and appreciate any friendly country which desired to participate in the multi-billion gigantic flagship project of 'One Road One Belt' initiative launched by Chinese…