Mamnoon Hussian praises China's initiative, says CPEC is nearing fruition
Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain has hailed China’s Belt and Road Initiative as a “global revolutionary movement” and said its $50 billion flagship project — the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — is reaching fruition.
“The BRI is a revolutionary global movement connecting over 60 countries with generational impact,” Mr. Hussain, who will represent Pakistan at the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
He expected that the SCO can be a vehicle for the BRI as all SCO countries are connected through the ancient Silk Route. India did not endorse the BRI at SCO Foreign Ministers meeting held here on April 24 while the other members of the bloc backed it.
Pakistan along with India was admitted into the grouping last year. This is the first summit of the organisation after the admission. The’s SCO members include China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.