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PM to discuss Afghanistan, CPEC with Chinese leadership during upcoming visit

ISLAMABAD   –  Prime Minister Imran Khan will discuss the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the regional situation, especially Afghanistan, with the Chinese leadership during his upcoming visit to China, officials said.

Pakistan has already taken a big decision of PM’s visit to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics amid western countries’ boycott. China has been complaining that work on the CPEC projects is not being carried out according to the desired speed. 

The United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada have announced a diplomatic boycott of the event, with North Korea being the most recent to withdraw, citing the pandemic.

Despite the fact that athletes from all over the world will travel to compete in the four-yearly tournament, no dignitaries from these western countries are planned to attend. Diplomatic sources told The Nation that PM Khan will apprise the Chinese leadership about the expedited speed of wok on the CPEC projects in the recent months.

The PM has, in the recent months, ordered to remove hurdles in the way of quick implementation of the CPEC projects. The sources said PM Khan was optimistic about fruitful meetings with the Chinese leadership during his stay. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan has a history of friendly ties with China and the upcoming visit was also part of the close ties.

“We also value ties with other countries. With China we have a longstanding friendship which has grown into an unbreakable partnership,” he said. FM Qureshi said Pakistan was focused to pursue its economic priorities under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He stressed for evolving dynamic strategy to deal with changing regional situation.

The Foreign Minister said Pakistan was committed to equip research institutions in line with the needs of prevailing circumstances. The foreign minister said on deteriorating economic situation of Afghanistan, “we called OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Pakistan.”

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said that during the PM’s visit from February 3-5, officials from Islamabad and Beijing would discuss the CPEC, among other things. He said the two countries of unanimity of views on all important international and regional issues.