Pakistan’s foreign minister leaves for China to discuss CPEC, bilateral relations

  • Shah Mehmood Qureshi is visiting China from March 17 to 20, 2019 for first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue
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ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is visiting China from March 17 to 20, 2019 for first Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue.

Both sides will hold comprehensive discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Both sides shall also discuss the regional situation and cooperation at multilateral fora.

The CPEC, which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The $60 billion-plus economic corridor, launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects.

The foreign minister will also address Political Parties Forum on CPEC and participate in ruling parties’ dialogue between PTI and CPC during the visit. He will also call on Chinese leadership to discuss the future strategy on the regional situation.

The minister’s visit will add momentum to close and broad-based bilateral ties and will reinforce efforts to deepen economic engagement under CPEC.

Earlier today, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Qureshi said China had once again proved to be a sincere friend by supporting Pakistan at the United Nations Security Council in the recently held meeting.