Pak-US constructive
engagements to promote
peace and development;
says Arif Alvi, Shahbaz

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Wednesday expressed the hope that the constructive engagements between Pakistan and the United States of America would promote peace and development in the region.

The president, while talking to the visiting US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, said that Pakistan valued its long standing relationship with the United States.

He emphasized the need for further improving bilateral relations in various fields for the mutual benefits of the two countries.

Welcoming the US Congresswoman, the president highlighted the importance of bilateral exchanges which would improve understanding between the two countries.

ISLAMABAD: US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi at the President House on Wednesday.

He apprised the visiting dignitary about the atrocities being committed by the Modi’s regime against the minorities, particularly the Muslims.

He said that India was involved in the genocide of Muslims and committed gross human rights violations against them.

President Alvi also highlighted the role played by Pakistan for promotion of peace in the region as well as its sacrifices against the war on terror. 

He underlined that IT was the most important sector for investment and the US businessmen could invest in this sector.

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said that both the countries had huge potential to improve and strengthen the relations. She appreciated the role played by Pakistan against Islamophobia, particularly towards the adoption of UN resolution in this regard.

Meeting with Shahbaz Sharif

Muslim US Congresswoman Ilhan Abdullah Omar on Wednesday met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Arif Alvi during her maiden visit to Pakistan.

The congresswoman is on a four-day visit to Pakistan — April 20-24 — where apart from having meetings with the political leadership in Islamabad, she will visit Lahore and Azad Jammu and Kashmir to have a greater understanding of Pakistan’s cultural, social, political, and economic potential, the PM’s Office said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister, during their meeting at the PM Office, warmly welcomed her on her first-ever visit to Pakistan and appreciated her courage of convictions and political struggle.

ISLAMABAD: US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the PM House on Wednesday.

The premier hoped that it would lead to deepening people-to-people ties and strengthen exchanges between the Parliament of Pakistan and the US Congress.

The prime minister underscored that Pakistan valued its long-standing relationship with the United States and wanted to further deepen bilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, trust, and equality.

He highlighted that constructive engagement between the two countries could help promote peace, security, and development in the region.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including Pakistan-US bilateral relations as well as regional situations were discussed. Maintaining that the US was Pakistan’s largest trading partner, the prime minister emphasised the need to further enhance cooperation between the two countries, especially in the trade and investment fields.

The prime minister lauded the efforts of the Pakistani diaspora in reinforcing the Pakistan-US ties and added that Islamabad deeply valued their contribution to national development and growth.

The prime minister highlighted the serious human rights situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and stressed the importance of peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, enabling the region to realize its economic potential and promote social progress.

The prime minister emphasised that a peaceful and stable South Asian region can focus on its growth and development. He added that concerted efforts, at the global level, were needed to deal with the scourge of Islamophobia.

In response, the congresswoman thanked the prime minister and hoped that her visit to the country would help strengthen ties between Pakistan and the US Congress.

Meeting with Hina Khar

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s desire to further strengthen its bilateral ties and mutual cooperation with the US in diverse fields.

The minister of state received the United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who called on her.

ISLAMABAD: US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar meeting with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khan at her office at Foreign Office on Wednesday.

Hina Khar said Pakistan and the US had a long-standing relationship.

She also thanked Ilhan Omar for raising voice in support of Kashmiris in the wake of the Indian unilateral steps of August 5, 2019 over the Indian Illegal Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Tahir Javed, a prominent US Democratic leader of Pakistani origin, was also present during the meeting.