A Pakistan airline company has chartered a Southwest China Airlines plane for Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf to fly between Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
This was confirmed by Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi when asked about the transit by Musharraf via China to Nepal.
Sun said the Pakistan side recently expressed to the Chinese side that, in view of the current relations between Pakistan and India, President Musharraf is to go to Kathmandu via China for the summit conference of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
Relevant Chinese departments have offered convenience in this regard in accordance with the requests of the Pakistan side, he said.
Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji met with Musharraf Thursday evening during the president's transit through Chinese territory.
(Xinhua News Agency January 4, 2002)