PM to visit china in first week of July: FO

PM to visit china in first week of July: FO

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will undertake an official visit to China in first week of the next month.

This was stated by Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry during his weekly briefing here on Thursday.

He said that dates for the visit would be determined through diplomatic channels.

He said that during the visit, various agreements in the field of energy and setting up an economic corridor between the two countries would be signed.

He said that civil nuclear deal is an ongoing process between Pakistan and China and both the countries will continue the process.

Regarding Federal Minister Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal’s visit to China, the spokesman said that total focus of his visit is economic.

He said that US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Islamabad next month and dates are yet to be finalized. However, the spokesman said the visit of British Prime Minister to Pakistan cannot be confirmed.

He said that dead bodies of Chinese tourists killed in Nanga Parbat incident have been sent to their country while those of the other countries will be also be sent on Thursday.

He said that country is carrying out intensified investigation and some of the culprits are identified.

Replying to a question about presence of terrorist in Northern Areas, Aizaz Chaudhry said that Foreign Ministry is not in a position to comment on that. However, he said that our unity on the issue of terrorism will ensure the security to foreigners and our countrymen.

On Doha talks, he declined any direct contact between Pakistan and Taliban; however, he said Pakistan is happy about dialogue between Afghanistan and Taliban.

He said that in his visit to Islamabad, James Dobbins updated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding recent developments of Doha dialogue between Afghanistan and Taliban.

Regarding Nawaz Sharif and President Karzai’s telephonic conversation, he said that both the leaders have discussed Afghan peace process.

He said that Pakistan has always maintained its stance to facilitate all steps necessary for Afghan reconciliation process and in future we will continue our role as facilitator.

Replying to a question, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif believes in talks with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and ready to engage them in dialogue to resolve internal security threats.

Regarding Saudization policy, the spokesman said Pakistan has taken many steps to regularize our citizen’s stay in Saudi Arabia including holding job fairs and correction of their documents.

He said that Pakistan has also sought an extension in the deadline set by Saudi authorities in this regard.

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