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Pak PM Imran, Pompeo discuss aid suspension, Afghan peace

Islamabad, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed Afghan peace process and blockage of $300 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) among other matters of mutual interest during a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, local media reported.

Pompeo, who along with US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford had arrived on an official visit to Pakistan earlier in the day, was accompanied by other senior officials during the meeting. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also attended the meeting.

Following the meeting, Pompeo had left for India, where the US delegation is scheduled to hold a more elaborate round of talks.

Pompeo also held a delegation level meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office earlier in the day.

The two sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues, FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in Tweet. FM Qureshi underscores the need to reset bilateral ties on basis of mutual trust and respect. Safeguarding Pakistan's national interests will remain supreme priority, he added.

Earlier, while talking to media representatives on board his Pakistan-bound flight, Pompeo had said he was visiting Pakistan to reset bilateral relations.

First stop Pakistan; a new leader there. I wanted to get out there at the beginning of his [Khan's] time in an effort to reset the relationship between the two countries,' he said.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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