BEIJING, Jan 29 (Asia Free Press): World leaders including the Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the opening ceremony of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympic Games 2022, which will be held from February 4 to 6 at Beijing, the Chinese capital.
Chinese President will hold a welcoming banquet for foreign heads of state, heads of government, members of royal families and heads of international organisations attending the opening ceremony, where relevant bilateral issues will also be discussed, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced.
International dignitaries attending the opening ceremony and relevant activities include Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia, President Halimah Yacob of Singapore, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan, President Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyzstan, President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, Chinese FO the statement added.
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Albert II of Monaco, President Alberto Fern¡ndez of Argentina, President Guillermo Lasso Mendoza of Ecuador, Prime Minister L. Oyun-Erdene of Mongolia, Chairman of the Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea, National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-Seug of the Republic of Korea, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Javad oglu Ahmadov of Azerbaijan, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand will also attend the opening ceremony, reported APP.
President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee, Secretary-General Antnio Guterres of the United Nations, President Abdulla Shahid of the United Nations General Assembly, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization, Director General Daren Tang of the World Intelligence Property Organization, President Marcos Troyjo of the New Development Bank and Secretary-General Zhang Ming of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, among others will be attended the said opening ceremony, according to a news release on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 will take place from February 4 to 20, followed by the Paralympic Winter Games 2022 from March 4 to 13.
The United States of America and its allies like the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan have a diplomatic boycott, not to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 and the Paralympic Winter Games 2022. In a response, China called their boycott “a political meddling and political posturing”.