Pompeo phones PM Imran, highlights Pak’s importance in action against terrorist

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan and congratulated him on successful election campaign and forming the government.

During the telephonic conversation, PM Imran Khan and Mike Pompeo agreed that establishment of peace in Afghanistan is a priority of Pakistan and the US.

The US Secretary of State also highlighted Pakistan s importance in decisive action against terrorist.

He wished the prime minister well for implementation of his commitment for the welfare of the people of Pakistan.

“Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship.”

Speaking on the occasion, Imran Khan emphasized the importance of strengthening bilateral relations on the basis of mutual trust and mutual benefit.

The premier underscored the importance of peace and stability in the region.

Pompeo to Visit Pakistan

US Secretary of State is expected to land in Pakistan in first week of September to hold consultative meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team on issues of mutual interests.

Pompeo will land in Pakistan on Sep 5 and his visit is aimed at rapprochement with Pakistan and to restore the once close ties enjoyed by Islamabad and Washington.

Pompeo will also request Pakistan to back US-led move to restart the peace process in war-torn Afghanistan.

It was further reported that Alice Wells, who heads the Bureau for South Asian Affairs at the State Department, may also accompany Pompeo.