US Secretary of State Pompeo to arrive in Islamabad today

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US Secretary of State Pompeo to arrive in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will arrive in Islamabad today on official visit to Pakistan.
He will be accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.
The American delegation will hold formal negotiations with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his team.
He is likely to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan. It is the first official visit of any senior US official after Khan’s party formed the government in Islamabad.
The US officials are also scheduled to hold meetings with senior political and military leadership.
The meetings will provide an opportunity for the two sides to exchange views and try to improve ties.
Later, delegation level talks will be held at the Foreign Office.
The United States Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford is also accompanying Secretary Pompeo on his Pakistan visit.
Secretary Pompeo will go to India after his Pakistan visit.
The Trump Administration has been at loggerheads with Pakistan after the American president’s tweet, accusing Pakistan of sheltering terrorists, which Pakistan denies.
Pakistan’s new government is looking to improve its ties with the Trump administration and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has signaled his willingness to resume talks over critical issues.
“We have to understand the needs of Americans in Afghanistan if we want to improve ties with the US,” Qureshi told reporters on August 24.
Qureshi said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit is an opportunity to discuss various bilateral issues and shared objectives.

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