Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrives in Beijing to attend Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation-warmly welcomed by Chinese high authorities
Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Wi Dong and other high authorities of China warmly welcomed the Prime Minister and his delegation at airport. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, 28 heads of state and government have confirmed to attend the forum. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is representing Pakistan. Besides heads of state and government UN Secretary General António Guterres, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde will attend the roundtable summit at invitation. Over 1200 representatives will attend the forum. President Xi Jinping will inaugurate the opening ceremony and chair the leaders' roundtable. Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the visit of Prime Minister to china along with all four Chief Minister is a reflection of real democracy in the country. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be a leading project during the Belt and Road Forum being held in China.
Host: Shahzad Farooqi
Co-host: Dr. Sajjad Bukhari
Analyst on Telephone:
Dr. Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economist):
Belt and Road summit is vital as 28 Heads of States and many international leaders including Secretary General United Nations and the President of World Bank are expected to participate in it. Many agreements related to investment in development projects will also be signed. It is an honor that Prime Minister will also address the summit. Gwadar port developed through CPEC will be hub for trade activities. There are many short-term and long-term projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.
A high level security meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission – Measures to improve military to military coordination and operation discussed
A high level security meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission was held in Rawalpindi today. The Afghan delegation was led by its Director General Military Operations Major General Habib Hesari and Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Christopher Haas represented Resolute Support Mission while Pakistan was represented by DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza. During the trilateral meeting, the senior delegates stressed upon the need to defeat Daesh through complementary efforts in respective areas of operations. Later, during the bilateral meeting of Pakistan and Afghanistan officials, Chaman incident, border control and management and measures to curb cross-border fire violations were also discussed. Both sides agreed to enhance frequency of bilateral interactions at multiple tiers through different command and staff channels to foster an environment of mutual respect, trust, cordiality and cooperation.