Pakistan eyes renewed ties ahead of Imran Khan's US visit



A social media posting advertises Prime Minister Imran Khan's planned July 21 speech in Washington, DC. [Social media]

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan expressed hopes on Tuesday (July 16) that Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden trip to the White House later this month will help improve its relationship with Washington as the United States seeks to end the war in Afghanistan.

The conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and US President Donald Trump on July 22, predict observers. Khan is expected to arrive July 21 and to address a Pakistani diaspora gathering that day.

A shared responsibility

"Pakistan has been facilitating the US-Taliban talks in good faith, underscoring that it remains a shared responsibility," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during a seminar in Islamabad.

"It will therefore be appropriate to work for broader engagement from Afghanistan to bilateral issues, economic and trade co-operation, to peace and stability in South Asia," he added.


A social media posting about Prime Minister Imran Khan's planned visit to Washington extols Pakistani-US friendship. [Social media]

Trump's invitation to Khan reflected the "importance of the relationship for both sides", said Qureshi.

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