PR No. 23 Xinjiang Governor Meets Ishaq Dar Urumqi : September 7, 2017

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Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar arrived in Urumqi, China Thursday for attending the inaugural ceremony of the Central Asian Region Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute.

Mr. Shohrat Zakir, Governor of Xinjiang Province called on the Finance Minister and extended him a warm welcome. He said that the friendship between China and Pakistan is time tested and the best of the relationships between any two countries of the world. The visit by the Finance Minister and his delegation to Xinjiang Province would further enhance the level of cooperation not only between the two governments but also between the people of Xinjiang and people of the bordering areas of Gilgit –Baltistan in Pakistan. He  said that the establishment of CAREC Institute would provide a research and knowledge sharing  platform  for the people of two countries to explore new  avenues of development.

Finance Minister thanked the Governor for his hospitality and congratulated him for successful inauguration of the CAREC Institute. He said that Pakistan-China friendship enjoys across the board political, institutional and popular support in Pakistan that is unique and sets it apart from relationships with other countries. Xinjiang Province is contiguous with Pakistan’s Northern Areas and having historical, cultural and trade links, which needs further strengthening to declare the same as the Gateway between the two countries. He also emphasized on development of rail linkages between the bordering cities of the two countries. The Minister thanked the Governor for permission to Habib Bank Limited for opening up its branch in Urumqi. He stated that given the ever-increasing number of Pakistani businessmen engaged in trade in the province of Xinjiang, opening of a Consulate is also a priority for the Government of Pakistan.

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