PM Imran Khan to attend Beijing Olympics opening ceremony amid boycott by the West

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Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a three-day visit to China next month. Photo: file
Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a three-day go to to China subsequent month. Photo: file

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will go to China subsequent month to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympics and maintain discussions on bilateral ties between the 2 international locations, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar stated on Thursday.

The announcement that PM Imran Khan will attend the occasion follows a boycott introduced by Western international locations.

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The United States, Britain, Australia, and Canada have introduced a diplomatic boycott of the occasion, whereas North Korea was the newest nation to tug out, citing the pandemic.

Though athletes from world wide will travel to compete within the four-yearly occasion, no dignitaries from these western international locations are anticipated to look at the video games.

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The prime minister will arrive in Beijing for a 3 day official go to — from February three to five —  on the invitation of the Chinese management. During his go to, he’ll maintain essential conferences with China’s prime management, stated the spokesperson throughout his weekly information briefing within the federal capital.

China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), strategic cooperation between the 2 international locations, bilateral ties, commerce and different points shall be mentioned through the conferences, the spokesperson stated.

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Iftikhar stated Pakistan welcomes the Global Development Initiative put ahead by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a well timed and well-intentioned step to facilitate implementation of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable improvement. He famous it should assist promote worldwide cooperation required to beat the triple challenges confronted by the world of COVID-19, the financial disaster on account of it,  and local weather change.

Responding to a query, the spokesperson stated that Pakistan and China are robust improvement companions and “we look forward to further strengthening this partnership under China’s Global Development Initiative”.

Replying to a different question, the spokesperson stated that Pakistan stays dedicated for peaceable relations with its neighbours together with India. He, nonetheless, stated the onus is on India to create an enabling atmosphere for dialogue. He regretted that there is no such thing as a seen change within the hostile perspective and unfavourable behaviour of India.

Iftikhar stated Pakistan will proceed to focus on the Kashmir dispute and the rights of oppressed Kashmiri folks in any respect the worldwide boards.

‘Another false flag operation’

He stated there’s a actual chance that India would possibly stage one other false flag operation to complicate the present state of affairs. He stated Pakistan “continues to alert our friends in the international community about this prospect”.

The spokesperson urged the worldwide neighborhood to take rapid discover of the Indian state-terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and maintain India accountable for the egregious violations of human rights and worldwide humanitarian regulation within the occupied valley. 


— With further enter from Radio Pakistan. 

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