Chinese premier asks Pakistani parliamentary leaders to help enhance bilateral partnership

08:44, December 20, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) meets with Pakistan's Senate Chairman Farooq Hamid Naek (1st L) and Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly Fahmida Mirza (1st R) in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, Dec. 19, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday called upon top Pakistani lawmakers to strengthen bilateral parliamentary exchanges and help promote the two countries' partnership.

During his meeting with Senate Chairman Farooq Hamid Naek and National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza, Wen appreciated the efforts by Pakistani parliamentary political parties to improve their country's relations with China.

Beijing encourages the Pakistani parliament to enhance communication with the Chinese side and help bring bilateral pragmatic cooperation to higher levels and more tangible benefits to the two peoples, Wen added.

The very objective of his visit, he said, is to demonstrate that China firmly supports Pakistan in post-disaster reconstruction and its efforts to seek economic development and maintain stability. China also asks the international community to extend helping hands to flood-hit Pakistan.

Wen said his three-day visit has produced significant results and breathed new life into bilateral relations.

Deep-rooted friendship between the two neighbors should be treasured by both nations, said Wen.

Calling the Pakistan-China friendship all-around, Naek and Mirza said Pakistan attaches great importance to ties with China.

The Pakistani parliament is willing to enhance friendly exchanges with China's National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and help deepen friendship between the two peoples and consolidate relations between the two countries, they said.

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