On the morning of September 21, 2016 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in New York with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan.
Li Keqiang expressed that as all-weather strategic cooperative partners, China and Pakistan always firmly support each other and share an unbreakable friendship. China is willing to, together with Pakistan, maintain close high-level exchanges, deepen all-round practical cooperation, and continuously strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, so as to inject new impetus into the constant development of bilateral relations.
Li Keqiang pointed out that at present, bilateral practical cooperation, with China-Pakistan economic corridor as the priority, has achieved positive progress. In the next stage, it is hoped that both sides can effectively implement the planning and construction of the corridor, speed up the construction of the Gwadar Port and its supporting facilities, encourage more enterprises to set up shop in the industrial park, and enhance cooperation in livelihood and public welfare programs in such areas as education, medical treatment, public health and drinking water, so as to make relevant outcomes benefit more regions and peoples of Pakistan. It is hoped that Pakistan can reinforce prevention on the security risk of the projects and continue to provide safety protection to the program construction and Chinese personnel in Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif noted that Pakistan and China are solid friends and partners who firmly support each other. Bilateral relations now undergo rather smooth development, and cooperation in various fields has entered into a new stage. Cherishing the friendship between the two countries, Pakistan is devoted to advancing bilateral cooperation and glad to see positive progress from the construction of Pakistan-China economic corridor as well as the high efficiency of Chinese enterprises and their high-quality work in the construction of the project. Pakistan will actively advance the corridor construction and take measures to protect the safety of Chinese personnel engaged in the construction.