Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in United States to attend the 74th session of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) on September 24 and address the session on September 27, will meet with US President Donald Trump on Monday.
The one-on-one meeting between Imran Khan and Trump is expected to take place around 10 pm (10:30 IST) Pakistan time today.
The meeting will be held at a time when Indian Prime Minister along with Trump, expressed all-out support for each other during a massive gathering titled “Howdy, Modi” in Houston.
Trump assured his support to India over its ongoing fight against terrorism and did not question of expressed concerns over India’s decision to revoke Article 370 that changed the status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The presence of Trump at Howdy, Modi event has not gone well with Pakistan, which is eyeing at the upcoming meeting with the intent of acquiring Trump’s support in its stand against India.
The agenda of talks between Imran Khan and Trump would be focused on Kashmir and Afghanistan along with issues related to regional security.
Last week, President Trump said, “A lot of progress has been made in defusing India-Pakistan tensions.”
However, Imran Khan, who calls himself Kashmir’s ambassador to the world, has been gearing up for his address at the UNGA and has been engaging with different leaders and organizations, discussing the issues of curfew and lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, which has entered the 50th day.
Imran Khan met with lawmakers including US Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsay Graham on Sunday to discuss the ongoing Kashmir issue.
Khan has also met with US special envoy for Afghan peace process Zalmay Khalilzad and discussed in detail Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process, urging re-initiation of peace talks with the Afghan Taliban for regional peace and stability.
The Pakistan prime minister has already had a meeting with the founder of the Kashmir Study Group Farooq Kathwari, discussing and briefing about Pakistan’s role in what he called, making the world aware of India’s ongoing illegal occupation and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
Sources say that Imran Khan may not succeed in garnering support for Pakistan against India after the meeting with Trump. However, it will definitely be part of the US’s role in mediating contacts between Islamabad and New Delhi through backchannels.