Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said on Thursday that Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump on 22nd July.
Dr. Faisal said during the press conference, that the Prime Minister would visit Washington at President Trump’s request. During the visit, the emphasis will be on improving the ties between the two countries. This will be Imran Khan’s first visit to the US since claiming power last year in the general election.
The confirmation of the meeting between the two leaders comes a day after the US State Department on Tuesday designated the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist group, paving the way for similar actions by the United Nations and other states.
On the same day, It was reported that the top 13 leaders of the banned Jamaatud Dawa (JUD), including its chief Hafiz Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, in multiple cases of terror financing and money laundering.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, informed journalists last month that President Trump had invited the Prime Minister in June but because of the budget session, he was unable to perform the trip.
Moreover, Islamabad’s role in the Afghan peace process Trump was consistent in his criticism of Pakistan after launching his South Asia and Afghanistan strategy in 2017.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also toured Islamabad on June 27th to seek support from Pakistan to play an effective role for advancement in the peace process with Afghan Taliban.
A political analyst in Washington says that such attempts seem to have convinced the trump administration that Islamabad is strongly promoting its efforts for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.
Washington believes that a trip to the White House at this point would encourage Islamabad to continue to support the peace process in Afghanistan.