WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, will meet US President Donald Trump at the White House today, on cementing Pak-US ties in a range of areas
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the United States can potentially improve ties between Pakistan and the US, according to President Donald Trump’s administration. It will expand bilateral cooperation on trade and investment as well as work toward peace in South Asia at large and Afghanistan in particular. President Trump will accompany him on a White House tour that will give them more time “to mingle and chat”, according to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
The Trump administration stated that “the Pakistani PM’s visit will create a stable partnership between the two countries and strengthen ties.”
President Trump will warmly welcome the Pakistani leader in his Oval Office for talks which will then extend to a working luncheon to be attended by Cabinet members and senior Pentagon leaders.
According to the White House, PM Imran’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.”
“A lot will depend on the kind of mood that President Trump and indeed Prime Minister Imran Khan find themselves in,” said Farzana Sheikh, an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. “Neither of them is known to be particularly predictable.”
Later in the day, the Pakistani delegation will also hold talks with top officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
Meanwhile, Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s delegation during the meeting with US President Donald Trump.
He said the Army Chief will also visit Pentagon to interact with US Acting Secretary Defense Richard Spencer, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Chief of Staff of US Army Gen Mark A Milley.
COAS at Washington, DC. On 22 July 19, after the meeting at White House as part of Prime Minister’s delegation, COAS will visit Pentagon to interact with Acting Secretary Defence Mr. Richard Spencer, CJCS Gen Joseph Dunford and Chief of Staff of US Army Gen Mark A Milley.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) July 22, 2019
The premier is expected to attend two sessions during his visit, the 1st meeting will be in the Oval Office and the 2nd in the cabinet room.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently on an official visit to the US on the invitation of US President Donald Trump. The premier’s US visit is the first summit-level engagement between Pakistan and the United States since both leaders assumed their respective offices.
Cover Image : Radio Pakistan
Cover Image : Radio Pakistan