Washington (October 1, 2017): Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will meet United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday.
FM Khawaja Asif will convey Pakistan’s reservations over US new policy on Afghanistan and South Asia in the meeting. He will also clear Pakistan’s stance against terrorism.
The US and Pakistan had their first high-level meeting after President Donald Trump’s Aug 21 policy speech in New York last week, when Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met US Vice President Mike Pence.
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At the meeting, Mr Pence suggested sending a US delegation to Islamabad for talks aimed at removing tensions that cropped up after the Aug 21 speech which Mr Trump used for announcing salient features of his new South Asia policy.
Islamabad accepted the US proposal but asked for a high-level meeting in Washington before the visit for sending a positive message to people in Pakistan who were irked by the speech.
Apparently, Washington accepted the Pakistani argument and invited Khawaja Asif for a meeting with Secretary Tillerson on Oct 4.