Senior US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on Prime Minister Imran Khan this afternoon in Islamabad. Senator Graham is visiting Pakistan to discuss bilateral ties and review the regional security situation.
Senator Graham conveyed his appreciation of Pakistan’s positive role in the ongoing efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. He praised Prime Minister’s vision to have advocated for a political solution to the Afghan conflict.
Senator Graham lauded the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to improve the economy, eliminate corruption and create jobs for the people of Pakistan. Prime Minister’s efforts to normalize relations with neighbouring countries were note worthy, he noted.
Prime Minister reiterated his Government’s commitment to continue working with the US and other regional stakeholders to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. He underscored the need for normalising relations with all neighbouring countries to unleash the potential of regional cooperation.
Prime Minister stated that his economic team was constantly striving to evolve business friendly policies for potential investors which could be benifited by the US companies. In view of the historical linkages between Pakistan and the US, the two sides agreed to deepen the bilateral economic ties particularly in the context of trade and investment cooperation.
Foreign Minister’s hosted Senator Lindsey Graham to review bilateral ties.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hosted the senior US Senator Lindsey Graham over a luncheon meeting at the Foreign Office today. Senator Graham is Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and senior member of Armed Services, Appropriations and Budget Committees.
Senator Graham is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of Foreign Minister, which he had extended during his visit to Washington in October last year.
Welcoming Senator Graham, Foreign Minister apprised him of Government’s priorities on the external and internal fronts. He highlighted that the Government of Prime Minister Imran had come to power to implement extensive economic reforms, improve governance and bring socio-economic development for the people of Pakistan. In order to realize this people friendly agenda, a proactive foreign policy is being pursued which, inter alia, seeks to develop a peaceful neighbourhood conducive for stability and prosperity of the entire region.
Foreign Minister informed Senator Graham about Pakistan’s efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s interest as well as propitious for the progress of South Asia region. He also said that Pakistan’s continued overtures to engage India to discuss all outstanding issues including the core Dispute of Jammu and Kashmir were also aimed towards realization of an enduring peace in the region.
Reiterating the need for a positive engagement with the Capitol Hill, Foreign Minister underscored for broadening the discussions to deepen cooperation on bilateral trade, investment and people to people contacts. He said that Pakistan would welcome visits by US Senators and Congressmen to have first hand information about today’s Pakistan.
Thanking the Foreign Minister for hosting him, Senator Graham conveyed the well wishes of the US leadership to the Government and people of Pakistan. He said that US was appreciative of Pakistan’s sincere efforts to facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process which was a priority of the Trump Administration. He underlined the long term US commitment to the region.
Senator Graham maintained that in line with the historic linkages between the two countries underpinned by close people to people contacts, Pakistan would remain an important country for the United States. He promised to campaign for strengthening bilateral trade and economic cooperation with Pakistan which would lay the foundation of strong, mutually beneficial and a sustaining relationship.