Top US diplomat Alice Wells arrives in Pakistan today for key talks with government
ISLAMABAD - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad on Monday for talks that will basically focus on bilateral issues, officials said on Sunday.
An official said the US is agreeing to restart talks and cooperation in many areas, including trade and higher education as starters.
He said Afghanistan will not be the focus of Wells talks with Pakistani officials as currently she has got nothing to do with Afghanistan. She had opened the talks with the Taliban in July last year but Zalmay Khalilzad has been dealing with the Afghan issue since he was appointed U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation in September.
The US defence department Pentagon notified the Congress last week of its decision to approve military sales worth 125 million dollars logistic and technical support for Pakistan’s F-16 fleet days after Prime Minister Imran Khan met President Donald Trump at the White House.
Both sides will also have follow up talks in the wake of understanding between Prime Minister Khan and President Trump.
Alice Wells arrives at a time when relations between Pakistan and India are tense and there is escalations along the Line of Control.