Pakistan-China will celebrate 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties next year to reinforce their ever-green strategic partnership.
This was stated by Federal Minister Arbab Muhammad Zahir, while addressing a farewell reception held here last night in honour of outgoing Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Luo Zhaohui, that was largely attended by a number of federal ministers, senior officials, political figures, journalists and the elite of the city.
Huang Xilian Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy highlighted the personal efforts made by ambassador Luo during his about four-year tenure in strengthening Sino-Pak bilateral ties.
While paying glowing tributes to the outgoing ambassador, he said his contribution will go a long way in bringing their bilateral ties to a new height.
The Minister said, Pakistan considers friendship with China the bedrock of its foreign policy. "Our diplomatic relations which were established in 1951, have since then, grown from strength to strength. Sino-Pak all-weather friendship is based on complete trust, mutual understanding and convergence of views on all issues.
This sentiment resounds in the psyche of our people and is passing on from generation to generation."
Our relationship, he added has evolved into a long-term strategic partnership aimed at promoting peace and stability in the region and they in Pakistan rejoice over the great achievements of the Chinese people which attest to the genius, wisdom and talents of the Chinese people and their sagacious leadership.
Pakistan and China are good friends, good brothers and good neighbours and this is reflected in their professional and personal relationship with the Chinese Embassy, he added.
Arbab Zahir further said ambassador Luo Zhaohui has contributed tremendously in his capacity as Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan in enhancing and strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
"Many projects have been initiated and successfully completed during his stay in Pakistan. Chinese investment in Pakistan has increased in recent years. We wish him best of luck and good fortune in his future assignments and have full confidence that he will continue to work for Pak-China Friendship in whatever capacity he can, " he added.
The Minister reaffirmed the commitment of the government and the people of Pakistan to continue investing in the Sino- Pak relations.
In his brief remarks, Ambassador Luo said he went through a unique diplomatic experience during his stay in Pakistan that embodied with spirit of love and affection.
He said he was looking forward to act as Pakistan's ambassador in Beijing on return home. He termed his farewell meetings with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani as highly encouraging for playing more pro-active role in deepening their bilateral ties on all levels.