WASHINGTON: The US President Donald Trump has accepted a cordial invitation extended by Prime Minister Imran Khan for a visit to Pakistan, the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency reported.
The invitation was extended to the US president when Imran Khan as part of his maiden visit to the United States as Prime Minister of Pakistan met Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC on Monday.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) July 23, 2019
The US president welcomed the prime minister at the entrance of the White House. The two leaders first jointly addressed the press and later had one-on-one meeting, which was followed by delegation level talks between the two sides.
Donald Trump hosted a luncheon in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s honor. On arrival, the prime minister signed the White House Visitors’ Book.
The two leaders held comprehensive discussions with a focus on building a broad-based and enduring partnership between Pakistan and the United States and strengthening cooperation between the two Countries to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity in South Asia.
The two leaders reviewed progress of the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. President Trump appreciated Pakistan’s contribution.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 22, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to continue to support the process in good faith. He added that pursuing the process was a shared responsibility.
The two leaders affirmed their resolve to work together across a broad range of areas. Both leaders acknowledged the immense opportunity and potential for mutually beneficial collaboration in diverse fields such as trade, investment, energy, economic connectivity, and defense and security cooperation. Imran Khan invited the US corporate sector to invest in Pakistan.
It was decided to establish a mechanism to follow-up on the understandings reached.
Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed President Donald Trump about his vision of socio-economic development of Pakistan. He said that “peaceful neighborhood” was a priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy. He added that peace and stability in the region would allow Pakistan to harness its rich human resource potential to generate growth and spur regional connectivity.
President Donald Trump appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision for peace in South Asia.
The prime minister said Pakistan was convinced that normalization of relations with India would be mutually beneficial for the two countries. He underlined that Pakistan would continue to pursue dialogue and diplomacy to resolve longstanding disputes including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. President Trump expressed his readiness to play a facilitating role in resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
This is a new chapter in Pakistan-US relations. PM @ImranKhanPTI had an exceptional meeting with Pres
Trump. Not only did @POTUS acknowledge Pak’s crucial role in Afg peace process but also offered to facilitate talks b/w Pakistan & India on the Kashmir dispute. #KhanMeetsTrump
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) July 23, 2019
Following the conclusion of official talks, President Donald Trump took Prime Minister Imran Khan and members of the delegation on a tour of the White House.
Pakistan’s delegation included the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Finance and Commerce Abdul Razzaq Dawood, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari, the Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, the Ambassador-at-Large on Investment and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States.