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Li Keqiang Speaks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Phone

On the morning of July 16, 2021, Premier Li Keqiang had a phone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at request at Ziguang Pavilion of Zhongnanhai leadership compound.

On behalf of the Pakistani government and people, Imran Khan first expressed sincere sympathy to the Chinese government over the heavy casualties of Chinese nationals in a recent terrorist attack in Pakistan, and extended deep condolences to the bereaved families. He also briefed Li on the progress of Pakistan's investigation into the incident at this stage as well as the follow-up work.

Li expressed gratitude to Pakistan for carrying out fast rescue of the injured and prompt probe into the incident. Li emphasized, a case involving human life should be treated with the utmost care. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the safety of Chinese citizens and institutions overseas. The top priority at present is to spare no effort to rescue and treat the injured, minimize casualties, and properly handle the aftermath of the incident. A Chinese working group has arrived in Pakistan and is ready to coordinate closely with the Pakistani side. He hopes that Pakistan can offer assistance to the working group, use all necessary means to find out the facts in a serious and responsible manner, and ensure that the perpetrators behind the incident are brought to justice. Li hopes Pakistan will take effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan, and do its utmost to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Li noted, the global and regional situations are undergoing complex and profound changes. China attaches great importance to the China-Pakistan relations. The two countries are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. China is willing to work with Pakistan to strengthen strategic communication and coordination, deepen practical cooperation, and safeguard regional peace and security, so as to better benefit the two peoples.

Imran Khan said, the Pakistani side is working day and night and trying its best to rescue and treat the injured, and will spare no effort to make a thorough investigation into the incident and bring the real culprits to justice as soon as possible. Pakistan is ready to give its full support and cooperation to the Chinese working group.

He stressed, the Pakistani side attaches great importance to the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan, and it has reinforced and will continue strengthening security measures to guarantee the safe and smooth operation of Pakistan-China cooperation projects.

He Lifeng attended the above activity.

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