Will take strategic ties with China to new heights: PM

Pakistan not to be part to Afghan internal conflict: Imran Khan

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OUR CORRESPONDENT

ISLAMABAD/BEIJING

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday arrived here on a four-day official visit to attend the second Belt and Road Forum. PM Imran Khan would deliver a keynote speech in the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum today. Upon arrival, PM Imran Khan was warmly welcomed at the airport by Beijing Municipal Committee of CPPCC Deputy Secretary, Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khan and other high-officials.

PM Khan is visiting China on an invitation extended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and It is his second visit since assuming the office in September 2018. Advisor to PM on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Railways Shaikh Rasheed, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda were also accompanied by the prime minister.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was visiting China to take strategic partnership between Pakistan and China to new heights. In a statement, PM Khan said China was all-weather friend and a neighboring country of Pakistan. I will have a detailed dialogue with the Chinese president on bilateral relations.

He said talks will also be held with the Chinese leadership on cooperation in areas of mutual interest. PM Khan stated the Pak-China relations were cemented in a mutual trust. Pak- China friendship has a deep imprint on people of both the countries, he added

Khan affirmed the bond between the two countries would not be affected by any regional or international movement. He also thanked for cooperation extended by China on various development fronts. The prime minister vowed that Pakistan would continue supporting China at all levels.

Moreover, Chairman of the Saudi Shura Council Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Ash-Sheikh called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Thursday. Radio Pakistan reported that Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Leader of the House in Senate Syed Shibli Faraz, and senior officials were present during the meeting.

In the view of recent wave of violence in Afghanistan and the collapse of intra-Afghan dialogue, Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted Pakistan will not be party to any internal conflict in Afghanistan anymore. A statement was issued by the Prime Minister office on Thursday stated, Pakistan is highly dismayed by the surge of violence in Afghanistan from all sides.

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