ISLAMABAD - Much-talked about meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump will take place today at the White House amid Islamabad’s optimism for ‘good news’.
PM Khan is in Washington along with Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Faiz Hameed and others for talks with the Americans.
Nawaz Sharif was the last Pakistani Prime Minister to visit the US on an official trip in October 2015.
Ahead of the meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the talks were aimed to reset Pak-US ties with a focus on expanding bilateral cooperation in place of the Afghanistan-centred relations of the last several years.
He said the prime minister’s July 22 talks with President Trump would highlight the points of convergence where cooperation could be mutually beneficial.
Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan was expecting a good news despite the uneasy nature of the Pak-US ties.
“We are going into the talks with an open mind and with expectations of good news,” said one official.
A close aide of PM Khan said Imran Khan was prepared to take steps forward but not at the cost of national interest. “We are aiming to safeguard our interests and also be helpful to the US. Let’s hope for the best. This is a mouth-watering meeting,” he added.