Chinese President to Visit Pakistan Soon: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that Chinese President Xi Jinping will soon be visiting Pakistan, adding that his earlier visit had been cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances.

Foreign Office Spokeswoman
Tasneem Aslam

Speaking to media representatives, FO spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said Jinping’s visit to India will not have any bearing on Pak-China relations.

The visit of the Chinese president to India will not affect Pak-China ties as he will soon be visiting Pakistan,” she told reporters.

According to the spokeswoman, Jinping had met Adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Dushanbe on Monday.

Earlier, following consultations between the governments of China and Pakistan, the visit of Chinese president to the country had been cancelled in light of protests in Islamabad led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

Aslam added that Pakistan had launched a protest with Afghanistan over attacks on border check posts and had urged the neighbouring country to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries from its land.

On Wednesday, a senior Afghan diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office and a formal demarche was made against Tuesday’s cross-border terrorist attack on a security post in North Waziristan in which four soldiers had been killed.

Regarding devastating floods in the country, the FO spokeswoman said that the government had not requested international community for any assistance or support. – DAWN