Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pakistan's PM calls China a true friend

Gilani praised China for its continued support even during the most
difficult times

Source: CCTV

This year China and Pakistan will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Pakistan's Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will arrive in Beijing later today for a three day visit, to mark the occasion.

A partnership spanning decades.

Despite having visited China three times, this will be Gilani's first visit since becoming Prime Minister.

Gilani praised China for its continued support even during the most difficult times.

He said Pakistan considers China a true partner, saying his country will stand by China always.

Gilani said in the aftermath of the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden just outside of Islamabad, China was the first country to show its support, and solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan.

He said he appreciated that China recognizes Pakistan's contribution and its sacrifice as a frontline state in the war on terror. He appealed for global resolve to combat terrorism and extremism, in the context of regional cooperation.

Gilani's 3 day trip to China will also include a series of high profile celebrations and events to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, as well as the "China - Pakistan Friendship Year".

The Pakistani Prime Minister will also look to increase exchanges between the two neighbors, boost trade and investment in infrastructure.

On the security front, the two sides will look to enhance defense cooperation, and intelligence sharing.

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