Speaking at a press conference, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Chinese President Xi had invited Jingping Sharif to visit China at a meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on the fringes of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, which closed on Friday.
Sharif will visit China in the first week of November, he said.
Asif said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has also invited the Prime Minister to visit Moscow and that this tour will also take place.
The defense minister said during talks between Xi and Sharif that the Chinese president described Pakistan as an all-weather strategic friend and reiterated his determination to support the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. to continue vigorously.
Khawaja Asif said Putin appreciated Pakistan’s stance on Ukraine during his meeting with Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit.
Asif said SCO members are ready to support Pakistan, which is facing unprecedented flooding.
Launched in June 2001 in Shanghai, the SCO has eight full members, including the six founding members, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined as full members in 2017.
Pakistan maintains close ties with China as it seeks to improve relations with Russia. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan had also visited Moscow this year, but his trip was marred as it coincided with the Russian attack on Ukraine.