KARACHI: The White Home has confirmed the itinerary of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s first go to to america, placing to relaxation a guessing recreation within the media in regards to the journey set off by an earlier State Division assertion.
“President Donald Trump will welcome Prime Minister Imran Khan of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the White Home on July 22, 2019,” the White Home press secretary mentioned in a press release Wednesday night.
The go to, it mentioned, will deal with strengthening cooperation between america and Pakistan to convey peace, stability, and financial prosperity to a area that has seen far an excessive amount of battle.
“President Trump and Prime Minister Khan will focus on a variety of points, together with counterterrorism, protection, power, and commerce, with the objective of making the situations for a peaceable South Asia and a permanent partnership between our two nations,” it added.
The White Home affirmation got here hours after a press release by the US State Division triggered speculations within the media in regards to the journey.
“To my information, that [Imran’s visit] has really not been confirmed by the White Home,” mentioned State Division spokesperson Morgan Ortagus at a press briefing.
The spokesperson added that she has learn stories of the go to, however it’s as much as the White Home “to verify or not affirm” the go to.
“I do know that I’ve learn the identical stories that you’ve, however I’d attain out to the White Home to verify or not affirm that go to, however – we don’t have something to announce right here from the State Division,” she mentioned in response to a query concerning anticipated conferences between the US and Pakistani management.
Pakistan’s overseas minister has already confirmed that the prime minister could be travelling to the US on July 22.
After the State Division’s assertion triggered a guessing recreation within the media, the Overseas Workplace spokesperson sought to dispel rumours in regards to the journey.
Mohammad Faisal mentioned that Islamabad was in “shut contact with the US aspect” and that formal bulletins for such occasions are made at an acceptable time.
On July four, the spokesperson confirmed that Premier Imran would meet President Trump on July 22 on the White Home.
Pakistani officers had said that the go to is supposed to reset bilateral ties between the 2 nations.
The go to will likely be important given the truth that this could be the primary high-level interplay between the 2 nations throughout Trump’s tenure .
Diplomatic sources claimed the go to had been finalised after hectic behind-the-scene efforts by the 2 sides via diplomatic channels.
Whereas observers say Trump’s willingness to host Imran means that the 2 sides might need made ahead motion on sure thorny points, significantly Afghanistan.
President Trump has been important of Pakistan’s position within the combat towards terrorism, particularly Islamabad’s position in Afghanistan. His administration has suspended safety and different help to Pakistan, accusing it of ‘lies and deceit.’
Earlier this yr, President Trump and Premier Imran had had a verbal duel on Twitter over Pakistan’s position within the combat towards terrorism.
However a flurry of exchanges between the 2 nations seem to have eased friction and paved the way in which for the much-anticipated summit assembly between the 2 leaders.
Officers mentioned the premier would share his perspective on the Afghan endgame in addition to construct belief between the 2 nations.
The FO spokesperson mentioned there was an acknowledgment of Pakistan’s position in Afghanistan by the US.
Simply forward of the prime minister’s go to, america branded the Balochistan Liberation Military (BLA) a worldwide terrorist organisation. The BLA has been behind quite a few terrorist assaults in Balochistan and different elements of the nation.
Pakistan banned the BLA in 2006 and urged different nations to observe swimsuit.
The most recent transfer by the US, in response to Pakistan, would assist shrink area for the terrorist outfit to function.