Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday proposed that the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) be transformed into a “tripartite arrangement” between China, Pakistan and Turkey so that the three friendly countries could benefit from its potential.
Sharif made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the third Turkish-built Millgame Corvette at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works.
“Trade activities have the potential to grow exponentially with the development of financial and industrial activities. The ongoing CPEC project is ready to translate our aspirations to enhance regional connectivity and maximize trade.” […] In the heart of Gwadar, “Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted the prime minister as saying.
“I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that this CPEC should be a tripartite arrangement between China, Pakistan and Turkey and that we would benefit from the wonderful potential of benefiting our countries,” he assured the participants, adding that the Pakistani government is committed. For the development of marine infrastructure.
CPEC is an ambitious USD-60-billion project that Islamabad says will transform Pakistan through improving the country’s infrastructure, energy, industrialization, socio-economic development needs and improving people’s livelihoods.
The ambitious CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer stretch of infrastructure projects connecting China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the port of Gwadar in the western Pakistani province of Balochistan.
India has protested to China over the CPEC as it is being set up through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).
Shahbaz also praised the launch of a warship built in collaboration with a Turkish company.
“This is another great example of cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey [the] The highly efficient and dynamic leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is not only a great brother and friend, but also a great supporter of Pakistan, and under his leadership our mutual brotherhood has reached new heights. “
He noted that the people are witnessing cooperation between the two countries in all fields, reiterating that the friendly relations could be further strengthened for the benefit of Pakistan and Turkey by expanding the China-led project to Turkey.
Citing the Milgame project as an example, the Turkish president said in a video link that his country was willing to share its defense expertise with Pakistan because the country is strategically located in South Asia.
“The most advanced weapons and sensitive systems have been used to equip these ships,” Erdogan said, adding that he hoped relations between the two countries would be further strengthened.
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