China’s FM visits Pakistan; holds talks

September 9, 2018

TEHRAN - China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on a three-day official visit to Pakistan, which started on Friday. It is the first official visit by a senior Chinese official since the formation of a new government in Pakistan.

During the visit, Wang Yi held delegation-level talks with senior Pakistani officials, including his counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a spokesman for the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. He also called on the president, the prime minister, National Assembly speaker, and the army chief.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the visit came on the invitation of Pakistan’s foreign minister. Chunying said China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners, adding that the two countries are ‘good neighbors, good friends, and good brothers’.

She China-Pakistan relations have maintained a good momentum of development. “The two sides have maintained frequent high-level exchanges and pragmatic cooperation in various fields has progressed smoothly,” adding that the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has achieved fruitful results.

She added the Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have sent congratulatory messages to President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“We hope to continue the traditional friendship between China and Pakistan, promote mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, and push China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership to a new height” she added.

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