ISLAMABAD, Sept 8 (APP): Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Friday said that the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and China had further strengthened through the launch of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative, which will bring the two countries even closer. This he said during a meeting with Xiao Jie, Finance Minister of China in Urumqi, says a statement received here. The two leaders discussed various issues of mutual interest including ways and means to further enhance the bilateral economic relations.
Mr Jie welcomed Ishaq Dar on his visit to China and said that senior level exchanges between the two neighbors have been helpful in furthering the objectives of strong bilateral relationship. He appreciated the efforts of the government of Pakistan for timely implementation of CPEC projects. He also thanked Mr Dar for Pakistan’s support to the CAREC Institute in Urumqi and expressed the hope that Pakistani professionals will also continue to extend support to the Institute in future. Ishaq Dar said that Pak-China strategic relationship is an anchor for regional peace and stability. He said that Pakistan-China friendship enjoys across-the- board political, institutional and popular support in Pakistan. He congratulated Minister Jie on the inauguration of CAREC Institute and said that Pakistan would continue to actively participate in the activities of the Institute just as it had extended full support during the process of establishment of the Institute.