Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday proposed that the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) be transformed into a “trilateral settlement” between China, Pakistan and Turkey so that all three friendly peoples can benefit from its potential.
Sharif made the remarks while attending a launch ceremony at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works for the third MILGEM Corvette built by Turkey.
“Trading activities have the potential to increase manifold with the development of financial and industrial activities. The ongoing regional CPEC project is set up to translate our desire to improve connectivity and maximize trade […] with Gwadar at the forefront, “Pakistani newspaper Dawn told the prime minister.
“I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that this CPEC is a trilateral arrangement between China, Pakistan and Turkey and let us take advantage of its wonderful potential to benefit our peoples,” he added, assuring participants that the Pakistani government is committed used to be. for the development of maritime infrastructure.
The CPEC is an ambitious $ 60 billion project that, according to Islamabad, will transform Pakistan by improving the infrastructure, energy, industrialization, socio-economic development needs of the country and bringing about an improvement in the existence of the people.
The ambitious CPEC is a 3,000km route of infrastructure projects connecting the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and the Gwadar port in the western Pakistani province of Balochistan.
India has protested against China over the CPEC because it is ruled by Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Shehbaz also praised the launch of the warship built with the cooperation of a Turkish company.
“This is another great example of cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey [the] very capable and dynamic leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is not only a great brother and friend but also a great supporter of the cause of Pakistan, and under his leadership our mutual fraternal relations have been transformed to much higher heights than earlier. , praising Turkey for helping in the development of the warship.
He pointed out that people had witnessed cooperation between the two countries in all areas, and reiterated that friendly relations could be further strengthened to benefit Pakistan and Turkey by expanding the China-led project to Turkey.
By giving the example of the MILGEM project, the Turkish president said via a video link that his country was ready to share its expertise with Pakistan in the field of defense, because the country was located in a strategic location in South Asia. .
“Most modern weapons and sensory systems have been used to equip these ships,” Erdogan said, expressing hopes of further strengthening relations between the two countries.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)