Govt to complete all ongoing projects under CPEC: FM

Beijing – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China remained very successful.

Speaking in the Senate on motions moved by Leader of Opposition, Senator Raja Muhamad Zafarul Haq, he said the nation is united on China Pakistan Economic Corridor and the government will complete all ongoing projects under this corridor.

He said delegates from 130 countries attended the Shanghai Expo and the Prime Minister was one of the seven prominent world leaders who were invited for keynote address on this occasion. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan Pavilion was one of the eight pavilions which were visited by the world leaders.

He said fifteen agreements and MoUs have been signed between the two countries regarding Human development, Education, Health, Skill development, poverty alleviation, Agriculture and Industrial development.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan enjoys close brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia which will be further strengthened after the recent visits of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He said Saudi Arabia agreed to place three billion dollars in State Bank of Pakistan to help Islamabad overcome its balance of payment crises. The Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered to play a mediatory role to resolve the Yemen conflict and his initiative has been welcomed by all the parties concerned.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan held meetings with top leadership of China and discussed with them the prospects of further strengthening the already close and deep strategic relations between the two countries.

He said the two sides decided to upgrade strategic bilateral dialogue on Foreign Ministers level. He said on Beijing's suggestion, it has been decided that a trilateral meeting will be held Kabul in December this year to evolve a strategy to give further impetus to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Taking the floor of the House, Senator Raza Rabbani said the government should ensure peace and tranquility in the society maintaining writ of the state at all costs.

Senator Abdul Qayyum said action should be taken against the culprits who damaged the public properties during recent protests. The House has been adjourned to meet again at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

"Monitoring Desk"

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