PM: (CPEC fusion of multiple development projects: PM)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a fusion of multiple development projects.

Talking to Member of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China Zhang Chunxian here on Wednesday, he said both countries enjoy close co-operation and hold identical views on important issues at regional and international levels.

The Prime Minister said our friendship is based on shared principles and interests, and forms the foundation of co-operation in diverse fields. Highlighting China’s great support to Pakistan in security, trade and infrastructure development, the Prime Minister said CPEC is the largest comprehensive project with any foreign country.

He said the energy projects under CPEC will eliminate load shedding from Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif said it will also enhance industrial development in the country and ensure economic growth leading to reduction in unemployment and poverty.

The Prime Minister said we will make Gwadar Port the gateway of development of Pakistan. He said connection of Kashghar with Gwadar is the key objective of CPEC and will result in massive industrial growth and development in the country.

Mr Zhang appreciated the commitment of the Prime Minister in eliminating terrorism and extremist mindset from Pakistan. He said the Chinese leadership is impressed by the performance of the present government in turning around the economy and maintaining peace and security.