Li Keqiang Meets with Pakistani President Arif Alvi

On the afternoon of March 17, 2020, Premier Li Keqiang met with Pakistani President Arif Alvi at the Great Hall of the People.

Li Keqiang said, Pakistan is the iron friend of China. The friendship between the two countries will remain firm and unbreakable no matter how the international situation may change. The Chinese side attaches great importance to bilateral relations. President Xi Jinping will hold talks with Mr. President to plan the future development of bilateral relations. After the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, Pakistan immediately extended a helping hand to the Chinese people. Both countries are facing challenges of the epidemic at present, and the Chinese side stands ready to share epidemic-control experience with and provide medical supplies to the Pakistani side to jointly tackle the common challenges. We are also ready to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with the Pakistani side in various fields, push forward the construction of major projects such as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and industrial parks, continue to assist the Pakistani side to tackle the plague of locusts, strengthen cooperation in international and regional affairs and promote peace and prosperity of the two countries and the region.

Li Keqiang pointed out, China's efforts to contain COVID-19 achieved a sustained and sound momentum as the spread of the novel coronavirus had been basically brought under control. China is adjusting its prevention and control measures according to the latest situations, accelerating the process of a full resumption of work and production, and working to promote economic and social development. As the novel coronavirus is spreading in other parts of the world, the Chinese side stands ready to enhance cooperation with the international community to jointly safeguard global public health security.

Arif Alvi expressed, my visit to China at this special time when the whole world is fighting against the epidemic demonstrates the solidarity and friendship between the two peoples. Pakistan has always been China's closest friend, and has always stood along with China. Cooperation between Pakistan and China demonstrates the power of justice. He thanked the Chinese side for helping the Pakistani side deal with the plague of locusts. The comprehensive and powerful measures China adopted to curb the epidemic have shown positive results, which is also an important contribution to the global fight against COVID-19. The Pakistani side stands ready to learn China's experience in prevention and control to jointly respond to the challenges brought by the epidemic. It is believed that Pakistan-China relations and cooperation will surely achieve even greater development after winning the battle against the epidemic.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

Wang Yi and He Lifeng were present.

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