PM Abbasi likely to meet US vice president on margins of UN General Assembly

  • Meeting between Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also being scheduled
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi may be meeting US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.


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The prime minister, who is due in US on Monday will also be meeting UN Secretary-General António Guterres and a number of other world leaders.

His meeting with Pence, touted as one of the most important engagements of the prime minister is likely to take place on Tuesday and it would be the highest contact between the two sides since the announcement of Afghan policy on Aug 21 by US President Donald Trump. Pakistan had after the policy announcement postponed the then planned bilateral interactions.

Ahead of his meeting with VP Pence, Mr Abbasi has stressed the need for Pakistan and the United States to remain engaged.

Talking to US Ambassador David Hale, who called on him at the PM House, Mr Abbasi said: “It is important for Pakistan and US to stay engaged for pursuing common objectives and other issues of mutual interest.”

Apart from the Abbasi-Pence huddle, a meeting between Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also being scheduled.

The prime minister is scheduled to address the UNGA on Thursday.