WORLD Election results won't affect CPEC: Pakistan foreign secretary

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Election results won't affect CPEC: Pakistan foreign secretary

Li Huiru | China.org.cn

15:05, August 01, 2018

Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua briefs Chinese media representatives on the issues concerning the development of the CPEC on July 31, 2018. (Photo by Li Huiru/China.org.cn)

A delegation of five Chinese media representatives visited the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad on July 31 for a discussion with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. Director General (China) of Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ayesha Ali was also present.

With the visit taking place just a few days after the former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan won his country's parliamentary elections, questions from the Chinese media delegation were focused on any possible changes the election result may bring to the China-Pakistan signature cooperation project.

Defusing concerns, Janjua firstly expressed her appreciation for China to launch the first major project of BRI in Pakistan, saying that, "There is a consensus across the board in Pakistan, on the importance of the CPEC, both for China and Pakistan."

She stated that the CPEC will continue be taken as a priority by the new government. 

"We see the CPEC not only as an initiative between two countries, but an initiative to help our entire region in its development. The CPEC has achieved significant success and enjoys cross-border political support. We continue to take it as a priority," she said. 

"Right now, PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) comes under the largest political party in National Assembly, but government formation is a process that takes a bit longer," she said. "But the most important thing we need to underscore is that whoever is in power in Pakistan, has a clear commitment to the continuation of the CPEC as an important project that brings mutual benefit and prosperity for the people of Pakistan and hence a commitment by them for this project because it is as people said 'is a game changer within the region'."

The visit was organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI), under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, and the Embassy of Pakistan to the People's Republic of China. 

The trip offers an opportunity for the Chinese media delegates to learn more about  Pakistan's history, culture and tourism, to better provide firsthand information on developmental projects and to promote interaction with Pakistani media institutions, think tanks, political government and social entities.

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