China PM to attend UN conference, visit Canada, Cuba

Beijing, Sep 14 (IANS) Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will attend the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and will also pay official visits to Canada and Cuba, authorities said on Wednesday.

“He was invited by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers Raul Castro Ruz. His trip will last from September 18 to 28,” Xinhua news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying.

According to Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, Prime Minister Li, while addressing the general debate of the UN General Assembly session, will outline China’s stance on global governance and international order and its measures to cope with global challenges.

He will also hold talks with state leaders of other countries during his stay in New York.

“The importance China attaches to the development of bilateral relations with Canada will inject a strong impetus into future development,” Li Baodong said while talking about Prime Minister Li’s visit to the North American country.

Cuba, the first country in the Latin American and Caribbean region to have diplomatic ties with China, is the last stop on Li’s visit.

Li will discuss with President Raul Castro on how to strengthen the China-Cuba friendship and cooperation, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao said.

The two sides will also sign cooperation documents in areas such as the economy, technology, energy and nuclear power.

–IANS

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