PM Imran, Pompeo discuss ‘aid’ suspension, Afghan peace

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.

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, Express News quoted sources as saying. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also attended the meeting, they added.

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.

The US secretary of state later left for New Delhi for another key visit. He had arrived in Pakistan earlier on Wednesday for talks with top government functionaries against a backdrop of fraying bilateral ties.

Details of Pompeo’s visit have largely been kept under wraps. Official sources, however, did confirm a scheduled meeting with the prime minister.

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