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Pakistani PM calls for people-to-people contact with China

(Xinhua)

08:38, February 17, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Thursday that his country was committed to enhancing people to people interaction and developing cultural contacts with China.

The Prime Minister was talking to a 22-member delegation from the Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Regional Association of Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, headed by a vice chairman of the region in northwest China.

The delegation is currently visiting Pakistan at the invitation of the Pakistan-China Institute, of which Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed, former senator and a federal minister, is the founding- chairman.

Prime Minister Gilani said that it was important to promote people to people contacts, in particular exchange of youth delegations that would help their friendship trickle down to younger generations, a statement from the PM office said.

Within a short span of time, the Pakistan-China Institute has emerged as an institution that has credibility in both countries and employed an innovative approach to promote a bilateral bond that is today pivotal to the future stability, security and prosperity of Pakistan and China.

The Prime Minister recalled his comments he uttered during the Chinese Premier's visit to Pakistan last year wherein he had said, "Pakistan-China friendship is higher than mountains, deeper than ocean, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey."

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