Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Sun Weidong on Monday said that economic and social benefits of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will continuously increase and it will be beneficial for both countries and also for entire region.
“I am very fortunate to witness the birth and growth of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Under the joint guidance and support of our two leaders, the CPEC has progressed smoothly in a short span of four years and entered the stage of early-harvest. It is our pride to see, CPEC has become the flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative” the envoy said while addressing a farewell reception here.
Among others, the reception was attended by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of Staff GHQ Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, Chief of Jamat-i-Islami Sirajul Haq, National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Nasir Khan Janjua, Economic Adviser Senator Sartaj Aziz, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind (PTI), Senator Nuzhat Amir (PML-N), Senator Talha Mahmood (JUI) Senator Sherry Rehman (PPP) Ghous Bakhsh Mehr (PML-Functional) and outgoing chairman NAB Chaudhry Qamar Zaman.
The Chinese envoy appreciated the remarkable development Pakistan has achieved during the last four years, saying “Pakistan’s economic growth has accelerated. The problem of power shortage has been eased. At the same time, Pakistan has taken series of measures to effectively curb the spread of terrorism. The security situation in the country has been significantly improved. Confidence in the public is picking up towards the future.”
He also appreciated the beautiful natural scenery of Pakistan, diligence and courage of the people on the land and the development of the country.
Sun Weidong said, “I think I’m very lucky. I am very fortunate to be the Ambassador of China to Pakistan in my first tenure as the Ambassador. China and Pakistan are “Iron Brothers”.
He said the relationship between the two countries was a model of state-to-state relations and it was his glorious mission to contribute to the ever-growing friendship .