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Nawaz Sharif, four CMs arrive in Beijing to attend OBOR forum

Nawaz Sharif, four CMs arrive in Beijing to attend OBOR forum
May 12, 2017

PESHAWAR, 12 May: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with four chief ministers arrived in Beijing on Friday to participate in the “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” forum.

According to a statement released from the PM Office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is visiting China on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The prime minister and his entourage including KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, was received by Li Shixiang, vice chairman of Beijing Municipal Chinese People Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and China’s ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and senior government officials at the Beijing International Airport. Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khalid was also present.

The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) is part of the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road’ initiative launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013 and is being attended by 27 other heads of states or governments.

The prime minister will address the plenary session of high-level dialogue besides addressing the two leader’s roundtable sessions on ‘policy synergy for closer partnership’ and ‘connectivity cooperation for inter-connected development’.

A number of agreements and MoUs related to CPEC projects are also expected to be signed on the occasion.

Besides, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

It merits a mention here that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is also a flagship program of OBOR.

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