PM’s upcoming US visit


After Foreign Office’s confirmation that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting the US later this month and is set to hold parleys with US President Donald Trump on key issues, confusion regarding dates and other diplomatic matters is over.

The prime minister’s visit will not only boost the bilateral relations between the two long-term allies but it will also help address concerns of the two countries with regard to each other’s foreign policy. It will also touch upon a number of matters of geo-strategic importance.

The prime minister’s visit will help renew and reinvigorate long-standing ties between Pakistan and the United States. It will contribute towards building a broad-based, long-term and enduring partnership between the two countries on the basis of mutual interest and mutual benefit,” FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said at the weekly media briefing.

In the meeting both the leaders will deliberate on long-term and sustainable solution to Afghan issue as presently the Afghan government representatives are in talks with the warring factions and the Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar. Pakistan is one of the countries that advocate return of peace and prosperity to Afghanistan and for this mater extending all support and assistance to make the dialogue successful.

“The visit will have positive impact on Pak-US bilateral relations as well as regional peace, stability and prosperity,” the FO spokesperson had also said.

PM Khan will visit the United States from July 21 to 23 during which he will meet President Donald Trump on July 22. Meetings between the prime minister and members of the US Congress, corporate leaders and opinion makers as well as members of the Pakistani diaspora have also been scheduled.

About the agenda of Khan-Trump meeting, the spokesman said that it was wide-ranging covering both bilateral and regional matters. “During his various engagements in Washington, the prime minister will outline his vision of Naya Pakistan and underscore the importance Pakistan attaches to a broader and multi-faceted relationship with the United States,” he said.

Explaining the regional part of the agenda, the spokesman said that the prime minister would “underscore Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability” and emphasise “the importance of constructive engagement to promote a political solution in Afghanistan”.

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