PM Shahid Khaqan schedule for US unveiled, meeting with Donald Trump unlikely

PM Shahid Khaqan schedule for US unveiled, meeting with Donald Trump unlikely
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ISLAMABAD: The prime minister Shahid Khaqan who is due in US on Monday would be meeting US Vice President Mike Pence,  UN Secretary-General António Guterres and a number of other world leaders.

His meeting with Pence, touted as one of the most important engagements of the prime minister is likely to take place on Tuesday and it would be the highest contact between the two sides since the announcement of Afghan policy on Aug 21 by US President Donald Trump. Pakistan had after the policy announcement postponed the then planned bilateral interactions.

Ahead of his meeting with VP Pence, Mr Abbasi has stressed the need for Pakistan and the United States to remain engaged.

Talking to US Ambassador David Hale, who called on him at the PM House, Mr Abbasi said: “It is important for Pakistan and US to stay engaged for pursuing common objectives and other issues of mutual interest.”

Apart from the Abbasi-Pence huddle, a meeting between Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also being scheduled.

The prime minister is scheduled to address the UNGA on Thursday.

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