Khawaja Asif leaves for three-day tour of US | Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Overseas Minister Khawaja Asif left for a three-day tour of the US on Tuesday, the place he’s anticipated to fulfill 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.

Asif can even reportedly meet US Nationwide Safety Adviser Lt Gen HR McMaster throughout the journey. 

Asif can also be addressing a gathering on the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington on US-Pakistan relations on October 5, the institute confirmed, mentioning 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”.

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 advised 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.

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