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Chinese premier arrives in Pakistan for official visit


15:47, May 22, 2013

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here on Wednesday for an official visit to Pakistan, aiming to strengthen ties between the two neighboring countries.

Pakistan is the second stop of Li's first overseas trip after he assumed Chinese premiership in March.

Chinese premier's Pakistan trip expected to deepen all-weather partnership
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left India for Pakistan Wednesday, the second stop of his first overseas trip as China's new head of government.

It is worth noting that Li is the first foreign leader to visit Pakistan in the wake of the country's general elections.

Pakistan ambassador calls Chinese premier's visit "milestone"
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's upcoming visit to Pakistan will prove to be a milestone in the relationship between the two "old friends," Pakistan's Ambassador to China Masood Khalid said in an interview.

During his first overseas tour as the Chinese premier, Li's choice of Pakistan as one of his stops would "once again provide a great opportunity to renew the time-honored friendship between the two countries," Khalid said ahead of Li's visit on May 22-23.

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