Beijing, 19 October 2023 (TDI): Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, and President of Kenya, Dr. William Ruto met on the sidelines of the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing, China, on October 17.

The two leaders spoke about their respective domains of cooperation.

They reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral relations in trade, investment, education and people to people contacts.

Both leaders emphasized the importance of economic cooperation and agreed to enhance engagement to realize the true potential of bilateral trade.

The Prime Minister stated that Pakistan would want to strengthen its cooperation with Kenya and other BRI members to find and create new projects and initiatives.

This statement demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment to advancing growth and prosperity for all via heightened collaboration and partnerships.

Moreover, President William Ruto shared his opinion, saying that his nation would want to benefit from Pakistan’s experience in fields like healthcare and agriculture.

In addition, the Prime Minister asked the president of Kenya to expedite and complete the Special Joint Investigation Team’s findings on the assassination of the late Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif.

The Prime Minister also extended an invitation to the President of Kenya to visit Pakistan at an early date.

President Dr. William Ruto accepted the invitation and invited the Prime Minister to visit Kenya at his earliest convenience.

It was agreed that the visits would be finalized through diplomatic channels.

Earlier,  Prime Minister also spoke with Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, on the circumstances surrounding Israel’s continuous attack in Gaza.

He called the Israeli bombardment on the Gaza hospital, which resulted in the murder of 500 Palestinians in a single day, barbaric and a grave violation of human rights.

Anwar ul Haq urged the international community and the UN to step up quickly to halt Israel’s slaughter of defenseless Palestinians.

Furthermore, Anwar-ul-Haq also met with Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape on the sidelines of the 3rd Belt and Road Forum (BRF), Beijing.

Moreover, he had a highly effective meeting in the company of Fang Yulong, who serves as the Chairman of the East Sea Group, along with our accompanying delegation.

During our discussions, we delved into topics related to Pakistan’s pro-business policies, the expansion of the private sector, and the strengthening of economic connections between Pakistan and China, he said.

China’s notable investment in the Gwadar Free Zone stands as a testament to the lasting bond of friendship between our two nations, he added.

Prime Minister further said the government is encouraging and providing an enabling environment to the private sector so that it can play its effective role in the economic development of Pakistan.

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Fang Yulong informed the Prime Minister that East Sea Group is investing in the refinery in Gwadar Free Zone and Chinese companies are greatly interested in enhancing investment in Pakistan.

Welcoming the East Sea Group’s keen interest in investing in Pakistan, the Prime Minister declared Gwadar a key factor in Pakistan’s development and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).