PM Imran arrives US vowing to repair ties

Web-Desk (Syed Tazmeen Javed-Syed Ahad Hussain)

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WASHINGTON: As Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Washington on Saturday on a three-day, official working visit, the United States has sent a message to Islamabad that the “door is open to repairing relations” and building an enduring partnership.

In his first visit to the United States, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan on Saturday departed for Washington on a commercial flight.

According to the White House, the cricketer turned premier, Imran Khan during his three-day visit is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on July 22. Mr. Khan’s visit will focus on strengthening cooperation between the United States and Pakistan to bring peace, stability, and economic prosperity to a region that has seen far too much conflict.

Furthermore,  the press release released by the US State Department also stated that the two leaders would discuss several issues during their meeting, including “counterterrorism, defence, energy, and trade, with the goal to create the conditions for a peaceful South Asia and an enduring partnership between our two countries.

It is reported that the PM was invited by the Qatar AirWave CEO, Akber Albaker during his stopover at Doha.

More pertinently, apparently for the first time in Pakistan’s history Army Chief and ISI head are accompanying the prime minister to hold a meeting at the White House.

Moreover, the foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there will be two separate meetings between PM Imran Khan and US President Trump. According to the foreign minister, Trump and Khan would have two meetings in the US capital, with the first one scheduled to be held in the Oval Office and the second one set to take place in the Cabinet Room.

The PM would address the Pakistani community in the US during an event in the Capital One Arena in Washington, he added.

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