Pakistan PM to meet the American President in bid to mend ties
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to visit the White House for his first face-to-face talks with the United States of America President Donald Trump.
“Prime Minister’s Imran Khan’s talks with U.S. president will mark an effort by the two leaders to reset the ties. It will expand bilateral cooperation on trade and investment as well as work toward peace in South Asia at large and Afghanistan in particular,” the Pakistan information ministry said in a tweet on Sunday.
Pakistan’s top military leaders — army chief, general Qamar Javed Bajwa, and newly-appointed head of spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), general Faiz Hameed — are also accompanying the Pakistan Prime Minister.
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan arrived in the US early Sunday on a three-day visit, the first by a Pakistani prime minister since 2015.
The US had suspended most of its military aid, worth $300m (£240m), after Trump accused Pakistan of not doing enough to fight extremism. The US further put Pakistan on a watch list for failing to protect religious minorities.
In one of his first policy speeches on South Asia in August 2017, the American President said the US could “no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.”
The US has been “paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” Trump had said.