PM Khan meets world leaders, discusses occupied Kashmir

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Imran Khan met with several world leaders on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) kick-starting on September 24.

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The premier, who is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Friday, have met US President Donald Trump, UK PM Boris Johnson, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani, Italian premier Giuseppe Conte, World Bank President David Malpass and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

China reaffirmed its support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue during a meeting between Chinese FM Yi and PM Khan, Radio Pakistan reports.

Wang Yi on Monday reiterated the commitment of the Chinese leadership to support Pakistan on all issues of its core national interest.

Highlighting the situation in occupied Kashmir, the premier said the lockdown of millions of Kashmiris, the escalation in human rights violations and the continued communications blackout had created a dire humanitarian crisis in the valley.

The prime minister reiterated that the illegal and unilateral actions of India aimed to alter the internationally recognised disputed status of occupied Kashmir by violating numerous UN Security Council resolutions and international law.

PM Khan, according to Radio Pakistan, also said that Pakistan attaches high priority to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to complete ongoing projects under it.

Both the sides also discussed regional security and agreed to continue close consultation and coordination for promotion of peace and stability in the region.

PM Khan also discussed the occupied Kashmir crisis with Swiss Confederation President Ueli Maurer and apprised him of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

They also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, said Radio Pakistan.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump, while speaking to the media alongside Prime Minister Imran, renewed his offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir dispute and declared, “I trust Pakistan”.

After the Trump-Khan meeting, the White House issued a brief statement, saying: “The two leaders discussed […] ways to de-escalate tension between Pakistan and India, including combating terrorism, and the importance of Indo-Pakistani dialogue to resolve disputes between them.”

The statement added that the two leaders also “discussed opportunities to deepen mutually beneficial energy cooperation and trade ties.”

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