Diplomatic: (Chinese President to address joint session of parliament on Tuesday)

ISLAMABAD: All is set to accord a warm welcome to the Chinese President Xi Jinping when he arrives here today (Monday) on a two-day state visit.

The entire route right from Airport to Constitution Avenue has been tastefully decorated with colourful banners inscribed with welcoming slogans. The slogans include, “Long Live Pak-China Friendship”, “Pak-China Friendship Deeper than Oceans”, “Pak-China Iron Brothers”, “Pak-China are partners for Peace and Development”.

Huge portraits of the Chinese President Xi-Jinping, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif have also been put on display on both sides of route.

Colourful banners depicting the culture of both the countries have also been displayed. The Constitution Avenue in Islamabad gives a festive look with multi-coloured illumination at night.

The Horticulture Wing of Capital Development Authority has also tastefully decorated all the major avenues in the city with plantation of beautiful seasonal flowers.

A fleet of eight JF-17 Thunder fighter jets will receive the President of People’s Republic of China when his special plane enters the Pakistani airspace and escort him to the Islamabad Airport.

A 21-gun salute will be presented to the honorable guest at the airport.The Chinese President’s entourage would consist of First Lady Madam Peng Liyuan, senior Ministers, high-level functionaries of the Communist Party and senior government officials.

The Chief Executive Officers from a wide spectrum of business houses of China would also accompany the President. President Mamnoon Hussain will host a luncheon in honour of the visiting dignitary today (Monday). President Xi Jinping will be conferred the country’s highest civil award, the ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ at a special investiture ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The Chinese President will hold talks with Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif. The two sides will review all aspects of the bilateral relations and exchange views on regional issues and international developments. President Xi will also address the joint session of the Parliament on Tuesday.

A number of important agreements and MoUs will be signed during Chinese President’s visit, with special focus on energy, infrastructure and communication sectors under the ambit of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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