Published On: Thu, Mar 21st, 2019
Published in Category: International / Politics

Political Parties Forum adopts declaration reiterating its commitment to CPEC

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BEIJING: Political Parties Forum of Pakistan and China on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at its first meeting in Beijing has unanimously adopted a declaration reiterating its commitment to China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister International Department of Communist Party of China Song Tao co-chaired the forum.

The forum rejected negative propaganda against CPEC, observing that it is an inclusive project of win-win cooperation, mutual development and prosperity.

The participants agreed to further enhance intra-party exchanges, discussions and cooperation between the two countries.

Participants of the Forum expressed fullest support to the upcoming Second Forum of the Belt and Road Initiative that will be held in Beijing next month.

Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Qureshi said the political parties’ forum would further enhance mutual understanding and reinforce our collective commitment to create a favourable environment for CPEC.

He said the platform would further strengthen the consensus between our two countries and reinforce our time-tested bilateral relations.

Minister Song Tao said that CPEC is the flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative and the political parties Forum would enhance people-to-people contacts and apprehend new trends for people-centric development in the region.

Different political parties including PTI, PML-N, PPP, JUI-F, ANP, Balochistan National Party, Balochistan Awami Party, National Party and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party represented Pakistan in the forum.

From China’s side, it was attended by the representatives of International Department of Communist Party of China, National Development and Reform Commission, EXIM Bank, state owned enterprises, think tanks and media.