Pakistan PM Imran Khan to meet President Trump twice during U.S. visit

 thehindu.com  09/13/2019 05:28:49 

Prime Minister Imran Khan will have two meetings with President Donald Trump later this month during his visit to the U.S. where the Pakistani Premier will also attend his first UNGA session, according to a media report.

According to Khans schedule, the first meeting between both the leaders will be at lunch, whereas, the other will be at hi-tea, Geo News reported.

The prime ministers schedule of meetings during his stay in the States has been finalised, the report said.

Mr. Khan will arrive in New York on September 21 to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. He will address the UNGA on September 27.

It would be his first UNGA session since he assumed office in August 2018.

He is also scheduled to hold talks with world leaders and apprise them about the tense situation in Kashmir after India revoked the regions special status on August 5.

This would be Mr. Khans second visit to the US.

In July, PM Khan held a one-on-one meeting with Trump during which he offered to be the mediator between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

Mr. Trump, who is known to make inaccurate statements, had claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

However, the Indian government had denied President Trumps astonishing claim that Mr. Modi had asked him to mediate.

Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmirs special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

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