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(2011-05-20)

Following are the text of messages of greetings from the President, Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign and Economic Affairs addressed to the Chinese leadership and Foreign Minister on the 60th Anniversary of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations:

Message from the President

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Excellency,

It gives me great pleasure to extend to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of China most cordial greetings on the occasion of 60th anniversary of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations.

China has proved to be our unwavering and reliable friend, partner and neighbor throughout these sixty long years. Our people share the ideals of freedom, dignity, harmony and enjoy the fruits of mutually rewarding cooperation. Our relationship is a role model for counties all over the world. Despite our differences in size, economy and society, we share a deep bond which has transcended the passage of time and changing leadership in both countries. We are proud of this friendship.

China’s achievements are a source of pride and inspiration for Pakistan. We see china’s role in the region and beyond as a guarantee for peace, harmony and prosperity of all.

I am confident that the year of Pakistan-China friendship will open further new avenues for collaboration between the two countries in all walks of life. Pakistan-China friendship is to the benefit of the people of both countries as well as regional and international peace and stability.

I avail myself this opportunity to convey to our friends, the assurances of our continued friendship and our deep and resolute commitment to further and expand our collaboration and cooperation.

Please accept, Excellency, most sincere assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.

(Asif Ali Zardari)
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao,
President of the People’s Republic of China
Beijing

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Message from the Prime Minister

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Excellency,

It is my pleasure and honour to extend you the deepest felicitations of the Government and people of Pakistan on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two friendly and brotherly countries.

Throughout these 60 years, China has remained a steadfast fried, a reliable partner and a trustworthy neighbor of Pakistan. Our relationship is based upon mutual trust and mutual respect. Our cooperation is rooted in mutually beneficial projects and ventures. Despite the ups and down of international politics and changes in regional situation, both our countries have steadfastly stood by each other.

Pakistan-China relations are unique and unparalleled in today’s world. Deeply rooted in our rich shared history and cultural heritage and despite differences in our social, political, and economic systems, this all weather, profound and broad based friendship has withstood the test of time and has passed on from generation to generation. This friendship has aged through changing times and situations but remains fresh and forward looking.

As we celebrate 60 years of our diplomatic relations, it is time to cherish our accomplishments as friends and partners. This year is an occasion for us to look back as well as look forward. It is an occasion for celebration of the past as well as for planning for future strengthening of our cooperation.

On the occasion of Pakistan-China friendship year, please accept my personal best wishes for Your Excellency’s health and happiness and the continued progress and prosperity of China.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and regard.

(Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani)
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
H.E. Mr. Wen Jiabao,
Premier of the People’s Republic of China,
Beijing

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Message from the Minister of State for Foreign and Economic Affairs

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Excellency,

I have great pleasure to extend my warmest felicitations and greetings on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the People’s Republic of China.

China is Pakistan’s closest friend and strategic partner. Sixty years ago this day, our two countries established diplomatic relations. Since then, our ties have been developing steadily. The sagacious leaders of our two countries decades ago laid the foundation for the solid trust that exists between Pakistan and China. Our close and friendly relations with China have been and will remain the corner stone of our foreign policy, despite far-reaching changes in the international environment.

China’s phenomenal ascent over the last six decades bears testimony to the wisdom of its leaders and genius of its people. We see China’s role in the region and beyond as a guarantee for peace, harmony and prosperity of all.

I am ready to work with Your Excellency to deepen all-weather friendship, strengthen all round cooperation and take the Pak- China strategic partnership to new heights. I am confident that through our joint efforts, the torch of Pak-China friendship will be carried forward from generation to generation, century to century and millennium to millennium.

I avail myself of this opportunity to convey best wishes for Your Excellency’s good health and happiness and continued progress and prosperity for the friendly people of China.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest esteem and consideration.

(Hina Rabbani Khar)
Minister of State for Foreign and Economic Affairs
H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi,
Minister of Foreign Affairs,
People’s Republic of China,
Beijing

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Islamabad
20 May 2011

177/2011
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