ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has formally announced that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit the country from 12th to 13th February.
The Foreign Office (FO) said the visit would bring an opportunity for both sides to have a free and frank exchange of views on regional and global developments of mutual interest.
“Pakistan and China would review and further consolidate all aspects of the bilateral relationship, with a special focus on political, strategic and economic cooperation,” the FO said in a statement.
“During the visit Foreign Minister Wang Yi would hold talks with Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz.
“The Chinese FM will also call on the president and the prime minister,” FO said.
“Pakistan attaches great importance to its comprehensive strategic partnership with China.
“Such high-level visits are a regular feature of the time-tested and unshakeable bonds of friendship between the governments and peoples of Pakistan and China,” the FO spokesperson said.
Both Beijing and Islamabad are to finalise the dates of the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan, which is expected to take place next month.
A diplomatic source had told media that the Chinese president is expected to attend the Pakistan Day parade as chief guest.
“We are in the middle of a process to finalise the drafts of various agreements to be signed during the visit of the Chinese president,” Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal had previously told media at Parliament House.
He made it clear that at no cost would the visit by the President Xi Jinping be postponed this time.
“The visit by the Chinese president is extraordinary because of two reasons, first due to the visit by US President Barack Obama to India last month and second due to long awaited joint services military parade on 23rd March in Islamabad which would be graced by the Chinese president,” Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed had previously told media.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s two-day official visit to Pakistan was scheduled for February 9th, but had been postponed for unknown reasons.