Chinese President accepts Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif’s offer

Chinese President accepts Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif’s offer

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping has accepted the invitation made by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to visit Pakistan at an early date.

He accepted the invitation during a meeting with the Pakistani premier, who visited China on an official visit, at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on Wednesday.

According to a joint statement, President Xi has assured that his country will continue to extend support to Pakistan for sustainable economic development and harness its potential as a geo-economic hub.

He also announced an additional assistance package of 500 million RMB for Pakistan's post flood relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Both the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the all-weather strategic partnership between the two countries that has withstood the test of time. It was noted that the two nations have stood firmly side by side, in realizing their shared vision of peace, stability, development and prosperity.

The two leaders discussed cooperation across a range of issues including defense, trade and investment, agriculture, health, education, green energy, science and technology and disaster preparedness.

They expressed their mutual commitment to the CPEC. They highlighted that CPEC's high quality development would further strengthen bilateral ties between Pakistan and China.