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Khuwaja Asif Arrives in US on Three-day Visit

Washington (October 4, 2017): Foreign Minister Khuwaja Asif has arrived in the United States on a three-day official visit on Tuesday.

Pakistani ambassador to the United States welcomed Asif at the airport.  Khuwaja Asif will meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other officials during the visit.

The meeting between the Asif and Tillerson will mark resumption of bilateral talks and work out ways to dispel tensions that cropped up after US President Donald Trump’s August 21 speech. Asif will also reportedly meet US National Security Adviser Lt Gen HR McMaster during the trip.

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He will also address a gathering at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington on US-Pakistan relations on October 5, the institute confirmed, pointing out that Trump’s speech had not only “unsettled US-Pakistan relations” but also had “serious implications for US interests in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation, and stability in the region”.

In the first high-profile meeting between US and Pakistan since Trump’s speech, US Vice President Mike Pence had recently met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and suggested sending a US delegation to Islamabad for talks aimed at removing tensions.

While accepting the proposal, Pakistan had asked for a high-level meeting in Washington to defuse the tensions. In response, Washington had reportedly invited Asif for a meeting with Secretary Tillerson on October 4.

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