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Mike Pompeo meets PM Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM Office in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon, soon after he held delegation level talks with the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office.

Mike Pompeo along with the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford arrived in Islamabad today for a brief visit, aimed to find common grounds for both Pakistan and the United States to move forward constructively.

After their arrival, they held delegation level talks with Pakistan’s diplomatic leadership led by the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues.

The foreign minister, during the talks, underscored the need to reset bilateral ties between Pakistan and the US on basis of mutual trust and respect. He said that safeguarding Pakistan’s national interests will remain their supreme priority.

Later the US delegation held discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan as well, covering a wide range of issues particularly related to Pak-US bilateral ties, Afghanistan and regional security.

The foreign minister and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa were also present in the meeting.

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will hold a press briefing at the Foreign Office in Islamabad at 1900 hours in which he will brief the media about talks held with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Since a new government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan took over in Islamabad last month, Mike Pompeo and Joseph Dunford’s visit was the first tour to Pakistan by any US top civil or military official.

Though Mike Pompeo phoned Prime Minister Imran Khan following his victory in parliamentarian elections 2018, but that negotiation even further fueled the already Pak-US tense relations over the telephonic transcripts scuffle in addition to the US’s decision to suspend $300 million military aid to Pakistan.

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