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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday left for a two-day visit to China to attend the second round of the China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers Strategic Dialogue.

In a video message released before his departure, Qureshi said he was going on a “very important trip to China” and that he had a discussion with Prime Minister Imran Khan before leaving, reports Dawn news.

“I am leaving on a very important visit to China. I had a discussion with the Prime Minister regarding this visit yesterday (Wednesday). My delegation will represent the stance of the political and military leadership of the country.

A photograph of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reading William Dalrymple's latest book 'The Anarchy' on his flight to Jeddah with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi peeking over from his seat has gone viral on social media. by .
A photograph of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

“I am hopeful that my meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi will prove to be beneficial for both countries,” he was quoted as saying in the video.

Qureshi, who is accompanied by senior officials, will visit China’s Hainan province where he will lead the Pakistani delegation in the dialogue, according to a Foreign Office statement.

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will lead the Chinese side during the dialogue.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi(R) meets with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Beijing, capital of China, on Dec. 25, 2018. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

“During the dialogue, both sides will discuss cooperation on Covid-19, bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest,” Dawn news reported citing the statement as saying.

“The visit will play an important role in further strengthening Pakistan-China ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership’ and deepen strategic communication and coordination with China on a range of issues.”

The first round of the China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue took place in March 2019.

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