–FM Qureshi says US president, trade delegation will visit Pakistan ‘soon’
ISLAMABAD: A day after the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that the US president assured the Pakistan premier of cooperation in trade and a US delegation would visit the country for the very same purpose.
The foreign minister, however, did not specify the date of the potential visit.
Speaking about the meeting, Qureshi said several “important issues” were discussed in the hour-long “productive” meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Imran. The foreign minister said he was also present during the meeting, which was attended by Trump’s “entire team”.
The FM also disclosed that the US president will also visit Pakistan “soon”. However, during his meeting with Imran on Tuesday, Trump avoided the response to a question by a reporter whether he will “also visit Pakistan” when he makes a trip to India and responded that “we [Imran and Trump] are meeting right now. I wanted to say hello”.
Trump said that from a relationship standpoint, the US and Pakistan “are getting along very well”.
“We have never been closer to Pakistan than we are right now.”
President Trump is expected to visit India on Feb 24 and 25 on his maiden visit as the head of a state.
Qureshi said the premier informed Trump of measures taken by Pakistan to get off the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list and also asked for US support on the matter.
The premier also asked for improvements in the US travel advisory to Pakistan, Qureshi added. Prime Minister Imran also discussed the ongoing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and Trump agreed that the “Kashmir dispute should have a solution”.
TRUMP OFFERS MEDIATION FOR KASHMIR:
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated his desire for mediation by the United States on the Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India.
“The Pakistan-India conflict is a very big issue for us in Pakistan and we expect the US to play its part in de-escalating the tensions, because no other country can,” PM Imran said at the start of his meeting with President Donald Trump on the sidelines of World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
This is the third meeting of the two leaders in less than a year amid reports that the US and Afghan Taliban are close to striking a peace deal after over yearlong painstaking process.
“I would say we’ve never been closer than we are right now,” Trump said at the start of meeting with PM Imran. He said the two sides will discuss trade, but also the border issues, Kashmir and India.
“We’re talking about Kashmir […] if we can help, we certainly will be helping. We’ve been watching that and following it very, very closely,” said Trump.
The premier, in turn, said: “Mr President, it is good to see you again. Yes, there are issues we want to talk about. The main issue is Afghanistan because it concerns the US and Pakistan.
“Fortunately we are on the same page. Both of us are interested in peace there and an orderly transition in Afghanistan with talks with Taliban and the government.”