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Foreign Minister leaving for China today on 2-day visit: FO

The Foreign Office also said that this year Pakistan and China are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is leaving for China on a two-day on Friday (July 23/today). Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has invited Mr Qureshi to visit China.

In a statement issued today (July 23), the FO said that the minister will be accompanied by senior officials during the visit to China from July 23 to July 24.

“The visit is part of the high-level exchanges between Pakistan and China,” the statement said.

Pakistan and China will discuss further deepening of bilateral relations, cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), defence and security cooperation, Covid-19 vaccines, counter-terrorism, and regional and international issues of mutual interest, it added.

“The visit will play an important role in further strengthening Pakistan-China ‘all-weather strategic cooperative partnership’ and will expand strategic communication and coordination with China on a range of issues,” the statement said.

The FO also noted that this year Pakistan and China were celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations.

“More than 100 celebratory events have been planned of which over 60 events have already been held so far. These celebrations have immensely contributed to injecting fresh vigour and warmth in the traditional friendship,” the statement said.

“​Pakistan and China are the closest friends and staunch partners. The time-tested Pakistan-China relationship 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,” it said.

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