China’s security is Pakistan’s security: Prime Minister Gilani

Islamabad: Chinese Vice Premier Mr. Meng Jianzhu called on the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani here today at the PM House and reiterated that China categorically supports Pakistan‘s efforts to uphold its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Pakistan is the only country in the world that enjoys the status of all-weather friendship with China, said the Vice Premier.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani responded by saying ‘your friends are our friends, your enemies are our enemies and your security is our security.’

The Prime Minister quoted his speech on the floor of House in which he said, ‘Pak-China Friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey’.

The Prime Minister referred to the visit of the Chinese Premier last year when he addressed the Parliament leaving memorable impact on the people of Pakistan and Parliamentarians.

The Prime Minister said that he had an excellent visit to China in May this year and held very useful meetings with the Chinese President and the Prime Minister on a wide range of issues including trade, communication, Culture, Defence and terrorism.

The Prime Minister commended the Chinese assistance in the aftermaths of earthquake, Attabad Lake, rehabilitation of the IDPs of Swat and Malakand, floods last year and now to cope with the devastating rains in the province of Sindh, inundating vast areas of the province and destroying the cotton and sugarcane crops.

The Prime Minister underscored the need to undertake exchange of visits of Parliamentarians to learn from each other’s experiences and also facilitate to enhance contacts at the people’s level.

The Prime Minister referred to the existing multi-dimensional co-operation between the two countries in various sectors like economy, agriculture, infrastructure, energy and culture etc.

He is very pleased to know that Information Technology and its exports from Pakistan to China has earned widespread recognition in China, and Pakistani IT companies are doing booming business, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister particularly mentioned the co-operation between the two countries in the fields of terrorism, intelligence sharing and anti-narcotics. ‘We will co-operate with you to the extent you want us to co-operate, assured the Prime Minister Gilani.

The Chinese Vice Premier thanked the Pakistani Prime Minister for the heart warming words about Pakistan-China friendship adding that the relations between the two countries have been nurtured through the generations and expressed the resolve to keep the legacy in the same direction.

The year 2011 marks the 60th anniversary of establishment of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations and the history bears it out that both the countries are friend indeed, the Vice Premier said.

The Vice Premier said that he had very meaningful and productive meeting with the President of Pakistan and the military leadership of the country. He stated that the Chinese Foreign Ministry will issue a statement supporting Pakistan’s efforts to uphold its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Prime Minister of Pakistan thanked China for a categorical statement extending support to Pakistan when it needs the most.

The Prime Minister extended his best wishes to the President and the Prime Minister of China.

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