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Imran Khan leaves for China on his second visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday left for China on a four-day official visit.

A statement issued here said that the visit is aimed at taking the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to new heights.

This is the second visit of the Prime Minister Imran Khan of China since assuming power in August last year. His first visit had come in November last year.

Imran is visiting China on the invitation of China’s President Xi Jinping who invited him to attend the second Belt and Road Forum.

Before leaving for China Prime Minister said that China is Pakistan’s closest friend and ‘iron brother. “I look forward to meeting my good friends President Xi and Premier Li for an in-depth exchange of views on all issues of mutual interest,” the premier remarked.

The prime minister said that the Pak-China ties do not merely arise out of a “convergence of interests” but are rooted in past shared experiences and a “high-level of mutual trust and understanding”.

“This friendship is ingrained in the hearts and minds of our people. It would remain unaffected by any regional and international developments,” he added.

The premier also thanked China “for its strong and unequivocal support to Pakistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity”, vowing that Pakistan too “will continue to stand by China on all issues of its core interest”.