US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar meets PM Shehbaz, President Alvi

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar meets PM Shehbaz, President Alvi

Islamabad (Web Desk): Member of the US House of Representatives Ilhan Omar called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Arif Alvi in Islamabad on Wednesday.

According to details, appreciating her courage of convictions and her political struggle, the premier warmly welcomed Ilham on her first-ever visit to Pakistan.

PM Shehbaz hoped that it would lead to deepen people-to-people ties and strengthen exchanges between the Parliament of Pakistan and the US Congress.

The prime minister underscored that Pakistan values its long-standing relationship with the United States (US) and wants to further deepen bilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, trust, and equality.

He highlighted that constructive engagement between the two countries could help promote peace, security and development in the region.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including Pakistan-US bilateral relations as well as regional situation were discussed. Maintaining that the US is Pakistan’s largest trading partner, PM Shehbaz emphasised the need to further enhance cooperation between the two countries especially in the trade and investment fields.

The premier lauded the efforts of Pakistani diaspora in reinforcing the Pakistan-US ties and added that Pakistan deeply values their contribution to national development and growth.

Shehbaz Sharif also highlighted the serious human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and stressed the importance of peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, enabling the region to realize its economic potential and promote social progress. He emphasized that a peaceful and stable South Asian region can focus on its growth and development.

The prime minister called for concerted efforts, at the global level to deal with the scourge of Islamophobia.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar thanked PM Shehbaz and hoped that her visit to Pakistan would help strengthen ties between Pakistan and the US Congress.

Earlier, the visiting US Congresswoman called on President Arif Alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Speaking on the occasion, President Alvi said that Pakistan values its longstanding relationship with the US and expressed the hope that the constructive engagements between the two countries would promote peace and development in the region.

He emphasised the need for further improving bilateral relations in various fields for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

He apprised the visiting dignitary about the atrocities being committed by the PM Modi-led government in India against minorities, particularly Muslims.

He said that India was involved in the genocide of Muslims and committed gross human rights violations against them.

Ilhan Omar arrived Pakistan on Wednesday on a four-day visit to the country.

Apart from having meetings with leadership in Islamabad, she will visit Lahore and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to have greater understanding of Pakistan’s cultural, social, political, and economic potential.