Imran Khan travels to US to ‘reset’ bilateral ties


Islamabad, July 20: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday embarked on a three-day visit to the US where he is set to meet President Donald Trump on July 22 in a bid to “reset” tense bilateral relations.
Khan’s first visit to the US since taking office in 2018 comes at a time when Pakistan finds itself in a difficult economic situation due to a trade deficit, lack of foreign exchange and a need for foreign investment.
Khan departed for Washington on a commercial Qatar Airways flight in a bid to save taxpayers’ money.
His visit comes as Pakistan has just received a $6 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund despite concerns expressed by the US.
According to the White House, Khan’s visit will focus on strengthening cooperation between Washington and Islamabad to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity to a region that has seen far too much conflict.
The two leaders will discuss several issues during their meeting, including “counterterrorism, defence, energy and trade, with the goal of creating the conditions for a peaceful South Asia and an enduring partnership between the two countries”, Geo News reported.
Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are accompanying Khan to the US, Dawn newspaper reported.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there will be two separate meetings between Khan and Trump. The first one will be held in the Oval Office while the second one will take place in the Cabinet Room. (PTI)