China says Kh Asif’s visit to Beijing highly important

Our Correspondent

Beijing

China believes that Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s visit to Beijing on Friday will be highly important for taking a common stance on regional and international issues, especially in context of US’s new policy on Afghanistan.
Kh. Asif will pay an official visit to Beijing at the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, it was officially announced here.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, China and Pakistan are all-weather strategic partners. The two countries have maintained sound development momentum in bilateral relations with frequent high-level exchanges and productive cooperation outcomes.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif’s visit is another important interaction between China and Pakistan, which we believe will further advance the implementation of the cooperation consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries, deepen across-the-board practical cooperation centered on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and promote communication and coordination on international and regional affairs between the two countries.
During Pakistan’s Foreign Minister’s visit, Chinese leaders will meet with him and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him. The two sides will exchange views on China-Pakistan relations and international and regional issues of mutual-interest, the announcement added.
Meanwhile, China vehemently denied that Pakistan was targeted on issue of counter-terrorism in any manner whatsoever in the joint declaration issued at the end of BRICS summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen.
Pakistan’s name was not even mentioned in text of the declaration. There is no question of any change in China’s consistent policy supporting Pakistan on counter-terrorism, said Chinese diplomatic sources.
A foreign office statement in Islamabad said Foreign Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, will pay one day bilateral visit to China on Friday.
During the visit, the Foreign Minister will hold meetings with the State Councillor for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister, H.E. Wang Yi. The two sides will review bilateral relations and regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.

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