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Pakistan PM, US President Trump likely to meet in Septempber

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan islikely to meet with United States President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) annual session, later this year.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who said that US President had extended an invitation to PM Imran Khan and expressed the desire to meet him in a one-on-one meeting, stated the key development.

Trump had extended an invitation to Premier Imran Khan. However, the prime minister could not travel to Washington because of the budget session, said Mahmood Qureshi.

The two sides are still discussing the dates of the meeting.

Mahmood Qureshi said that the Donald Trump expressed his desire to meet PM Khan to discuss important regional matters.

For now, the expected event for the meeting would be on the sidelines of the UNGA annual session, to be held during September this year.

The meeting holds major importance for Pakistan as USPakistan relations have been at stretched levels since the Trump administration took office and lashed out at Pakistan with renewed demands of do more’.

The Trump administration has been putting pressure on Pakistan to take decisive action against terror groups, operating on its soil.

Pakistan’s military aid, the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) and military training agreement was also wiped out, causing major differences between both countries.

However, Pakistan’s active role in facilitating talks between United States and the Afghan Taliban, with an effort to see
through a peace deal for Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process, has certainly forced the Trump administration to reconsider its rigid stance against Islamabad.

But it is an established fact that Trump administration has been blunt and strict with its allegations against Pakistan.

US President Donald Trump has slammed Pakistan using the terms lies and deceit’, publicly accusing Islamabad for taking
money from US to fight against terrorism and using the same funds to support terror groups, operating against its forces in Afghanistan from Pakistan soil.

But with the Imran Khan government taking power in Pakistan, Trump expressed the desire to work with the new Pakistani Premier.

The latest development is being seen with great interest in Pakistan as analysts say the engagement might ease down prevailing tensions between the two allies in the war on terror as both parties have stakes that are dependent on each other.

Source: indiatoday.in

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