Khawaja Asif is in Beijing to attend SCO meeting

Asif to attend SCO FMs meeting in Beijing

Pakistan, China to further deepen bilateral cooperation

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has arrived in Beijing to take part in a meeting of military chiefs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Tuesday, his press secretary Rossiyana Markovskaya told reporters.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will chair the meeting which is meant to lay groundwork for the SCO Qingdao Summit scheduled to be held in June.

"China and Pakistan are strategic partners", he said.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif Monday in Beijing, vowing to promote relations between the two countries. As the rotating president of the SCO, China will host this year's summit.

He said Pakistan welcomed the informal meeting between leaders of China and India, and expected that the meeting could play a positive role in maintaining regional peace and improving relations.

Wang Yi also appreciated Pakistan's active participation in SCO and expressed China's strong support to Pakistan's efforts in enhancing regional peace and cooperation besides its tireless efforts in countering terrorism in the country, he added.

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Ms. Sitharaman's April 23-25 visit is to participate in a preparatory meeting for the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The Declaration on the Establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was inked in China's Shanghai in June 2001 by six founding states - Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

He also congratulated him on the re-election of Xi Jinping as the president of People's Republic of China and as the core leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend it.

Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Khalid and other senior diplomats of the two countries were also present.

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