On October 17, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong paid an official call on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and they exchanged views on China-Pakistan relations, among others.
Ambassador Sun said that Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes Prime Minister Sharif to attend the host-partners dialogue to be held during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Leaders' Meeting in Beijing this November and looks forward to visiting Pakistan at an early and mutually convenient date once the situation settles down in Pakistan.Prime Minister Sharif expressed gratitude to President Xi's invitation. He also looked forward to President Xi's early visit to Pakistan, which he believed will uplift Pakistan-China relations to a higher level.
Prime Minister Sharif spoke highly of the recent progress of Pakistan-China relations. He appreciated the tremendous and timely support and assistance rendered by the Chinese side to the Pakistan's efforts of the rehabilitation of IDPs and flood relief, which he believed once again showcased the true friendship of the two countries to go through thick and thin together. He stressed that Pakistan will firmly support China's core interests and major concerns and is ready to work with China to enhance traditional friendship and mutual trust, deepening the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and upgrading the bilateral cooperation so as to bring more benefits to the two peoples.
Ambassador Sun emphasized that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the all-weather strategic partnership between China and Pakistan, always regards the China-Pakistan relations as the priority of its foreign policy and will continue to promote friendship and substantive cooperation with Pakistan. China would like to maintain close coordination and collaboration with Pakistan to create a safe and sound environment for their bilateral relations and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.