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Pakistan desires to enhance ties with China: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif assures to extend full facilitation to the Chinese industrialists and investors

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed Pakistan's desire to increase cooperation with China on a priority basis in the areas of agriculture, information technology and energy as well as to boost its exports to China.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad regarding enhancing cooperation with China in various fields, the Prime Minister assured to extend full facilitation to the Chinese industrialists and investors.

The Prime Minister invited the Chinese businessmen especially the Chinese textile industry to set up industries in Pakistan.

 He held out an assurance that the Chinese nationals will be provided with foolproof security in Pakistan.

Shehbaz Sharif said preparations are being made for the next phase of CPEC. He said Gwadar port will be made a logistics hub with Chinese cooperation.

He said establishment of Agriculture Demonstration Zones will be an important project in the next phase of CPEC.

The Prime Minister directed the ministries concerned to prepare new projects aimed at enhancing Pakistan-China cooperation as well as undertake measures to promote business to business ties.

He said China is an important partner in Pakistan's economic development and it can be helpful in framing a strategy for increasing our exports.

 

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Salik Hussain calls for promoting tolerance

The Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmoney says they must stand united against extremism and injustice recognizing that diversity is the strength

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Islamabad: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Chaudhry Salik Hussain on Tuesday called for promoting tolerance and understanding to create a world where all people regardless of their faith can live in harmony and peace.

Addressing the opening ceremony of Gandhara Symposium in Islamabad, he said we must stand united against extremism and injustice recognizing that diversity is the strength.

The Minister stressed the importance of intercultural and interfaith dialogue to deal with challenges like extremism.

Chaudhry Salik Hussain said our heritage puts us in unique a position to promote dialogue and cooperation among all faiths.

The Minister also commended Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its exceptional efforts in organizing the symposium.

Earlier, the Minister received foreign delegations and Buddhist leaders from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka and China.

Sri Lankan Minister for Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayaka was also among the visiting delegates.

It is pertinent to mention that the Gandhara Art was also exhibited at the symposium.

The two-day Gandhara Symposium and exhibition has been organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A large number of Islamabad-based diplomats, scholars, artists and art-lovers are attending the event, alongside around 25 foreign delegates.

The event has been organized in connection with the ‘Vesak Day’, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha.

The event highlights Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage and importance accorded by the government to inter-faith harmony.

 

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Saudi king heads cabinet meeting after medical treatment, state media says

State TV shows a video of the king chairing the meeting remotely with his sons Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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Dubai (Reuters): Saudi Arabia’s King Salman headed a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after he underwent medical treatment for lung inflammation last week, state media reported.

State TV showed a video of the king chairing the meeting remotely with his sons Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman in attendance.

The royal court said last week that the 88-year-old king would be treated with antibiotics until inflammation subsides following medical tests at the royal clinics at Al Salam Palace due to “high temperature and joint pain”.

Crown Prince Mohammed, the de facto Saudi leader, postponed a visit to Japan last week due to the king’s health issues, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said.

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