FM Qureshi leaves for ‘very important’ one-day visit to China


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi left for China on a one-day official visit which he described as “very important” in a video message, Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday.

“I had the discussion regarding the China visit with Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday [Wednesday]. The aim of the visit is to project Pakistan’s political and military leadership’s vision,” the minister said in a video message.

During the visit, the foreign minister will hold meetings with the Chinese leadership and attend the second round of the ‘Pak-China-Strategic Dialogue’ in China.

Qureshi will lead the Pakistani delegation, while the Chinese delegation will be led by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The two countries will also focus on the promotion of bilateral cooperation in various fields, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Phase-II.

Qureshi is the first political figure to visit China since the coronavirus pandemic.

The Foreign Office in its statement said the visit would play an important role in further strengthening Pakistan-China “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership” and deepen strategic communication and coordination with China on a range of issues.

“Pakistan and China are the closest friends and staunch partners. Their time-tested friendship is based on unparalleled mutual trust, understanding, and commonality of interests. Both sides are fully committed to building closer China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future,” read the official communique.

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