PM: (PM embarks on official visit to US)


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif left on a four-day official visit to the United States (US) on Monday for talks on a host of issues with the US leadership.

The invitation of this visit was given by the US President Barack Obama. Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah, in a statement said during the visit, the Prime Minister will hold discussions on wide-ranging areas of bilateral interest with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and various Cabinet members.

The two sides are expected to review the current state of Pakistan-US relations and identify new areas for future bilateral cooperation to further expand and enrich the canvas of this partnership. The Prime Minister will also interact with members of the US Senate and the House of Representatives.

He will attend a business event organized by US-Pakistan Business Council in Washington D.C and address the United States Institute of Peace. Interactions with US media representatives and the Pakistani-American community are also part of the programme.

The Spokesperson said the visit will provide an opportunity to further upgrade Pakistan-US relations for the promotion of peace and stability in our region. Earlier, in a statement before embarking on his official visit to the United States, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan-US relations are advancing satisfactorily.

He hoped expansion of the scope of US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Framework during his talks with President Barack Obama. He said being a sovereign country with a strong democratic dispensation, Pakistan has rendered unmatched sacrifice in war on terror as a front-line state. The success of operation Zarb-e-Azb is a manifestation of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment against terrorism and extremism.

He said Pakistan is fighting this war to ensure peace and prosperity on its own territory and to make South Asia, and the region beyond, a hub of peace and development. He said Pakistan is a responsible sovereign nuclear State. It’s strategic assets are secured under a foolproof arrangement. He said Pakistan’s nuclear status is a deterrence against any external aggression.