Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif to visit China in November

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit China in November and have also accepted an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Moscow, the country’s defense ministry said on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that Chinese President Xi Jinping extended the invitation of Sharif to visit China during a meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).SCO) summit, which ends on Friday.
Mr. Sharif will visit China in the first week of November.
Asif said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has also invited the Prime Minister to visit Moscow and this visit will also take place.
During the talks between Xi and Sharif, the Chinese President described Pakistan as an all-weather strategic friend and reiterated his commitment to vigorously implement the Economic Corridor project, the defense minister said. China – Pakistan (CPEC) worth 60 billion USD.
Khawaja Asif said Putin during his meeting with Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit highly appreciated Pakistan’s position on Ukraine.
Asif said SCO members have expressed their willingness to assist Pakistan, which is facing unprecedented flooding.
Launched in Shanghai in June 2001, SCO has eight full members, including the six founding members of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined as full members in 2017.
Pakistan has close relations with China, while it is trying to improve relations with Russia. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan also visited Moscow this year but his trip was marred as it coincided with Russia launching an attack on Ukraine.

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