PM’s China visit to encompass solidarity on Beijing Olympics: FM


ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said besides attending the Beijing Olympic ceremony as a solidarity gesture, the visit of Prime Minister Imran to China would encompass discussions on advancing joint ventures and pacing up progress on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In a statement ahead of PM Imran Khan’s visit from February 3 to 5, the foreign minister said Pakistan and China stood with each other in difficult times and the main purpose of the visit was to express solidarity with China as several countries boycotted the Beijing Olympics. Besides the Olympics, he said, discussions would take place in line with the consultations of the special task force on boosting Pak-China trade volume and economic stability.

The foreign minister mentioned that the task force headed by the prime minister met several times, conducted sessions with stakeholders, and formulated a policy guideline on exploiting trade potential between the two countries. During his stay in Beijing, he said, the prime minister will meet the Chinese president and the premier. He said economic diplomacy was the focus of Pakistan’s foreign policy to ensure the prosperity of the common man.


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