Imran, Trump meeting on July 22, confirms FO

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ISLAMABAD

The Foreign Office on Thursday confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet US President Donald Trump on July 22.

During his weekly press conference, FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal informed that Imran shall make his maiden trip to the United States on the invitation of US President Donald Trump this month.

He said the two leaders would review bilateral relations as well as discuss regional and international issues. This will be the first visit by Prime Minister Imran to the US since his party won the elections in July last year.

Just ahead of the visit, the US declared the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist organisation. The spokesperson hoped that the move would help shrink space for BLA to operate.

Dr Faisal added that Pakistan proposed July 14 to hold talks with India to finalise the agreement on Kartarpur Corridor.

New Delhi earlier suggested July 11-14 for talks on the Pakistani side of Wagah border.

During the moot, officials shall elaborate on a draft agreement to facilitate the movement of Sikh pilgrims and resolve outstanding technical issues related to the corridor’s alignment and infrastructure.

On June 27, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that  Trump had extended an invitation to PM Imran. However, the prime minister could not travel to Washington earlier because of the budget session.

According to Qureshi, the US president expressed his desire to meet the premier to discuss “important regional matters”.