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Pak-US broader engagement to benefit both the countries: FM

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Shah Mahmood Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that a positive and constructive approach is the best option for Pakistan and the United States to move forward to improve bilateral ties.
“Broader engagement between the two countries will benefit both the countries,” addressing a seminar on Pakistan-US relations on Tuesday, Shah Mehmood Qureshi maintained that the European Union has signed an important strategic contract with Pakistan, and the premier’s visit will help in building up confidence between the two states.
The Minister expressed confidence that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the United States will help strengthen bilateral relations and improve mutual trust.
He said Pakistan-US relations have been very important in Pakistan’s foreign policy. He said there have been ups and downs in the Pakistan-US relations, but as an overall, the bilateral cooperation had been very useful for both the countries as well as the region on certain occasions.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the world’s approach toward political solution of Afghan issue is endorsement of Pakistan’s stance on the issue. He said convergence of Pakistan and the United States on Afghanistan has rekindled hope for peace in the war-torn country.
It may be mentioned here that Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a three-day official visit to the United States on 21st of this month.
He is visiting the US on the invitation of President Donald Trump.
According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, this would be the first summit-level engagement between Pakistan and the United States since both leaders assumed their respective offices.
During the visit, Prime Minister Khan and President Trump would have wide-ranging interaction at the White House on 22nd of this month covering bilateral and regional matters. The Prime Minister will also be meeting prominent members of the U.S. Congress, corporate leaders and opinion makers as well as members of the Pakistani diaspora. – NNI