| GEO Pakistan|
| President Zardari to visit China from Oct. 14 to 17|
| Updated at: 0206 PST, Saturday, October 11, 2008|
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari will pay his first state visit to China from October 14 to 17 to hold meetings with his Chinese counterpart and promote bilateral relations.
“President Zardari’s visit to China is on the invitation of President of China Hu Jintao and first official visit abroad,” said Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Sadiq in his weekly briefing here on Friday.
The President would be accompanied by the Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Finance Minister, Minister for Environment and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission.
The Spokesman said Pakistan enjoys high degree of understanding, trust and goodwill with China and added the visit demonstrates Pakistan’s resolve to take this “time tested” relationship to new heights.
Regular exchange of high level visits is the hallmark of close ties between the two countries, said the spokesman.
The President’s visit will provide an opportunity to both sides to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global development.
The spokesman said President Zardari will hold talks with President Hu Jintao in Beijing and several agreements and MoUs are expected to be signed during the President’s visit.