Islamabad, November 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari has sent a special letter to Mr. Xi Jinping felicitating him on being elected as Secretary General of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China. Following is the text of President’s letter;
It is a matter of immense pleasure for me to congratulate you on your appointment as the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China. Having had the privilege of knowing you personally, I feel special joy in your elevation to this post.
Pakistan and China enjoy exceptionally close, friendly and fraternal relations, which are based on mutual trust and confidence. I sincerely believe this friendship is destined to become even stronger in the coming years.
Excellency, the Communist Party of China and Pakistan People’s Party have excellent Party-to-Party ties. Their relations date back to the time of Chairman Mao Zedong and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the chief architects of Pak-China friendship. We hope to nurture this relationship and promote greater exchanges between our two parties.
I was deeply impressed by your vision fortifying Pak-China relations in our meeting in June this year. I am confident that this bond of friendship will be further strengthened and our relations raised to a new high.
I avail myself of this opportunity to convey my best wished for your health and happiness. I wish you success in your new appointment. I assure you of my full support in promoting relations between our two countries.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
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