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ISLAMABAD: Overseas Minister Khawaja Asif is ready to go away for United States this week, the place he’s anticipated to satisfy US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to renew bilateral talks and work out methods to dispel tensions that cropped up after US President Donald Trump’s August 21 speech.

Within the first high-profile assembly between US and Pakistan since Trump’s speech, US Vice President Mike Pence had not too long ago met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and recommended sending a US delegation to Islamabad for talks aimed toward eradicating tensions.

Whereas accepting the proposal, Pakistan had requested for a high-level assembly in Washington to defuse the tensions. In response, Washington had reportedly invited Asif for a gathering with Secretary Tillerson on October four.

Asif can be addressing a gathering on the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington on US-Pakistan relations on October 5, the institute confirmed, declaring that Trump’s speech had not solely “unsettled US-Pakistan relations” but additionally had “critical implications for US pursuits in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation, and stability within the area”.

Trump, in his speech saying the revised US method to Afghan struggle, had accused Pakistan of offering “protected haven” to militants, angering the ruling occasion and the opposition alike. 

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