Indo-Asian News Service
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reached Beijing for his four-day official tour of China to “take the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to new heights”, said an official statement.It marks the premier’s second official visit to the country since coming into power. His first visit had come in November last year, following which China’s President Xi Jinping had invited him again to attend the second Belt and Road Forum, which kicks off in Beijing on Friday, reported the Dawn.
“China is our closest friend and ‘iron brother’,” Khan had said prior to his departure. “I look forward to meeting my good friends President Xi and Premier Li for an in-depth exchange of views on all issues of mutual interest.”The Prime Minister said that the Pakistan-China ties do not merely arise out of a “convergence of interests” but are rooted in past shared experiences and a “high-level of mutual trust and understanding”.
The premier also thanked China “for its strong and unequivocal support to Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity”, vowing that Pakistan too “will continue to stand by China on all issues of its core interest”.”I am strongly committed to further strengthening the Pakistan-China relationship. I am confident that my visit will be instrumental in further expanding the scope and depth of our bilateral ties,” he added.
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