Pakistan’s foreign office stated that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first meeting with US President Donald Trump on July 22 will help “renew and reinvigorate” the bilateral ties and he will point out the importance of resolving “disputes” through conversation and promoting peace in South Asia.
The White House and Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday ended the confusion by declaring Mr. Khan’s maiden visit to the US at the invitation of President Trump. The ministry said that the Pakistan Prime Minister will be visiting the United States of America on July 21 to 23.
It said that “This would be the first summit-level engagement between Pakistan and the United States since both leaders assumed their respective offices.” Both the Prime Ministers will have wide-ranging interaction at the White House on July 22 covering bilateral and regional matters.
US President Trump has criticized Pakistan’s role in the fight against terrorism, especially Islamabad’s role in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Trump administration has suspended security and other assistance to Pakistan, claiming that Islamabad has given only “lies and deceit” in return.
During the meeting, Mr. Khan will share his opinion on the Afghan endgame as well as how to build trust between the two countries. He will also be highlighting his vision of “Naya Pakistan” and underscore the importance Pakistan attaches to a broader and multi-faceted relationship with the United States.
The foreign office statement also said that Mr. Khan will underscore Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability and the importance of constructive engagement to promote a political solution in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the White House said President Trump will welcome Imran Khan and that the meeting will focus on strengthening cooperation between the United States and Pakistan. State department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus was asked to comment on Mr. Khan’s visit in Washington.
“To my knowledge, that has actually not been confirmed by the White House. I know that I have read the same reports that you have, but I would reach out to the White House to confirm or not confirm that visit, but that’s – we don’t have anything to announce here from the State Department,” Ortagus said.