PM Imran to meet US President Trump on July 22: Foreign Office

PM Imran to meet US President Trump on July 22: Foreign Office

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington on July 22.

During his weekly briefing, FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that the PM will be visiting Washington on the invitation of US President. He said that the focus of the meeting would be to refresh the bilateral relationship.

Regional and international issues would be discussed between PM Imran and US President Trump, the spokesperson added.

The meeting between the two leaders has been confirmed a day after the US on Tuesday declared the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist organisation.

The US State Department, confirming the decision, said it was classifying the BLA as a global terrorist group, making it a crime for anyone in the United States to assist the militants and freezing any US assets they may have.

When asked about the declaration of BLA as a terrorist outfit by the US, the spokesperson said this is acknowledgement of Pakistan's stance on the outfit.

Dr Faisal said that Pakistan has proposed July 14 to hold talks with India regarding agreement on Kartarpur Corridor.

Responding to a question, the FO spokesperson said Pakistan has played a pivotal role in facilitating and taking forward the Afghan peace process.

He added that both Pakistan and Afghanistan attach high importance to enhancement of their bilateral relations.

This is pertinent to mention that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on June 27 that President Trump had extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, the prime minister could not travel to Washington earlier because of the budget session.

The US president expressed his desire to meet PM Imran to review bilateral ties and to discuss regional matters, Qureshi said.