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Belt and Road initiative will benefit over 65 countries: PM Nawaz

Beijing (May 14, 2017): Saying that Chinese Belt and Road initiative is for all us Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that it would link three continents to benefit over 65 countries. The initiative is a great gift for the coming generation he added while addressing the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation here earlier today.

Saying that China’s initiative of One Belt and One Road would push humanity to higher level of prosperity, peace and stability through connectivity and close contact Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif added that peace and development go hand in hand, and nothing can pave the path for peace and security more than economic development achieved through regional collaboration.

The prime minister said that the initiative signifies that geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, and that the centre of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation.

Saying that One Belt and One Road unfolds across continents, we see it fostering inclusion, creating tolerance, and promoting acceptance of cultural diversity the prime minister added that Pakistan views it as a powerful tool for overcoming terrorism and extremism.

Continuing he further said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a core project of One Belt One Road that aims to connect the neighbourhoods of East and West Asia. He said CPEC makes Pakistan both a conduit and destination for cross-regional investment and trade.

The Prime Minister also made it very clear that CPEC is an economic undertaking open to all countries in the region having no geographical boundaries. CPEC must not be politicised. He said in implementing this Corridor, we are not striving to merely leverage geography for economic prosperity; we are also trying to build a peaceful, connected and caring neighbourhood, he added.

It is time we transcend our differences, resolve conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy, and leave a legacy of peace for future generations.

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