Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar is set to embark on a significant two-day official visit to China next week, as confirmed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch.
The visit, scheduled to coincide with the 3rd summit on international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), underscores Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening its ties with its longstanding ally and economic partner, China.
Speaking during her weekly briefing, the FO spokesperson disclosed that Prime Minister Kakar’s visit comes at the behest of the Chinese President, emphasizing the importance of Pakistan’s role in the BRI. The premier’s agenda includes participating in high-level discussions and meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the BRI forum.
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Diplomatic Gathering of World Leaders
The 3rd summit on international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a momentous diplomatic gathering, set to unfold on 17-18 October in Beijing, China. The summit’s significance is underscored by the anticipated attendance of numerous world leaders, including President Vladimir Putin.
China has extended invitations to leaders from over 50 countries spanning Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. The BRI, a visionary plan for global infrastructure and energy networks, launched by China a decade ago, aims to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe through an extensive network of land and maritime routes.
The ambitious project has been welcomed and supported by countries worldwide, with more than 150 nations and over 30 international organizations signing Belt and Road cooperation documents with China. The summit serves as a crucial platform for discussing and advancing these multifaceted international collaborations, reaffirming China’s global leadership in infrastructure development and cooperation.