Khawaja Asif leaves for US on three-day tour

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has left for the United States on a three-day visit. Amid his visit, Asif will meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to continue respective talks trying to ease strains between the two countries that developed because of US President Donald Trump’s August 21 discourse.

In a current meeting between the US Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the US recommended sending an appointment to Islamabad for talks focussing on backing out common strains.

Consenting to US’s proposition, Pakistan had requested a meeting to be held in Washington to defuse the strains. Therefore, Washington had welcomed Asif to meet with Secretary Tillerson on October 4.

Other than the high level meeting, Asif will also be tending to a social affair at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington to talk about US-Pakistan relations on October 5, the foundation affirmed. Trump’s discourse has stressed Pakistan-US relations as well as can genuinely affect US interests in Afghanistan, atomic non-multiplication, and as well as stability in the region.

Trump, in his August 21 discourse had reported the dispatch of an updated US procedure in Afghanistan. It had also blamed Pakistan for giving places of refuge to Afghan activists, which hosted goaded the political parties in the country.