Pak-China to sign several MoUs, FO

May 16, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: Pakistan and China would sign several Memoranda of Understanding MoUs for cooperation in various fields during forthcoming visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Pakistan on May 22.

Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary said at the weekly news briefing that details of these MoUs are being worked out. He said a warm welcome awaits to the Chinese Prime Minister when he arrives in Islamabad on 22nd of this month.
President Asif Ali Zardari will host a luncheon for the distinguished guest.

The Chinese Prime Minister will also hold wide ranging talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, which will be followed by a joint stakeout. The Prime Minister will also host a banquet for his Chinese counterpart.

The Chinese Prime Minister will also meet leader of political parties. On the second day of his visit, President of Pakistan Muslim League N Mian Nawaz Sharif will call on Mr. Li Keqiang.

The Chinese Prime Minister will hold a joint meeting with Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly. He will visit Pak-China Friendship Centre and plant a sapling at Shakarparian.

The spokesman told a questioner that no details of the visit of US Secretary of State to Pakistan are available as yet. He said Pakistan and the United States enjoy mutually collaborative relationship. Pakistan would like to have good relations with the United States based on mutual respect and mutual benefits.

He confirmed that Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman has resigned. He said there are 15 non-career ambassadors and the new Government would decide about their fate.

Replying to a question about reference to Pakistan’s nuclear programme in the white paper issued by Australian Defence Ministry, the spokesman said Pakistan has a robust nuclear command and control system and robust security arrangements. He said Pakistan’s civilian nuclear programme is under IAEA safeguards.

To a question he said Pakistan has received no new communication from India about dialogue process. Pakistan has already approached India for focused discussions on the issue of prisoners including 47 who have completed their sentence.

Replying to another question he said Pakistan is in regular contact with Afghan authorities including military to military contact. He said the issue of border post has been resolved. Pakistan has been emphasizing the need for effective border management to interdict undesirable cross border activity.

Responding to a barrage of questions about threatening statement of MQM leader Altaf Hussain, the spokesman said the Foreign Office is waiting for political guidance on the issue.