Pence reiterate Trump's belief in meeting with Pakistani prime minister

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence met for the first time with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in NY today.

Prime Minister Abbasi acknowledged and thanked the US Vice President for his invitation and said he too looked forward to discussing issues of mutual interest, especially the war against terrorism.

Islamabad, Sep 20 Pakistan has raised objection with the United States over President Donald Trump advocating greater role for India in the war-torn Afghanistan, the country's top diplomat said today.

She also also said that Abbasi told him that Pakistan categorically rejected allegations against Islamabad in Trump's Afghan policy speech last month adding that "scapegoating Pakistan will not help bring stability to Afghanistan", the news agency reported.

Vice President Pence in a statement confirmed his meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi on the sidelines of the UN General Abbasi.

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The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY late on Tuesday.

US vice president Mike Pence said that in reference to new US policy for South Asia under President Trump, US wishes to work with Pakistan in the region.

He also had said bluntly, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond".

President also noted the good relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and said: "The best way to strengthen the security of the region is cooperation between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and we are fully prepared to work with Pakistan to strengthen Afghanistan's security".

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva said the World Bank would continue to support economic reforms in Pakistan.

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