New Chinese foreign minister to arrive in Pakistan on maiden visit

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang will reach Pakistan on his first visit since assuming the office later this week.

Sources said Mr Gang would land in Islamabad on May 5 immediately after attending the SCO Foreign Ministers’ Meet 2023 in Indian state of Goa. He would hold strategic talks with Pakistani officials during the visit on May 6.

Pakistan and China are also expected to hold trilateral meeting with Afghanistan to discuss the regional situation. The moot would be held in Islamabad and it would be attended by interim Afghan foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.

Earlier, a UN Security Council committee on Monday agreed to allow the Taliban administration’s foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi to travel to Pakistan from Afghanistan next week to meet with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and China, diplomats said.

Muttaqi has long been subjected to a travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo under Security Council sanctions.

According to a letter to the 15-member Security Council Taliban sanctions committee, Pakistan’s U.N. mission requested an exemption for Muttaqi was to travel between May 6-9 “for a meeting with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and China.”

Courtesy The Nation