Imran Khan Donald Trump

Washington, DC: US President Donald Trump will welcome Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on 22 July, his spokesperson announced Wednesday.

The visit will focus on strengthening cooperation between the United States and Pakistan to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity to a region that has seen far too much conflict, the White House press secretary said.

Trump and Prime Minister Khan will discuss a range of issues, including counterterrorism, defence, energy and trade with the goal of creating the conditions for a peaceful South Asia and an enduring partnership between our two countries, said the press secretary.

The announcement of the meeting between Trump and Khan came amid reports that the peace talks between the US and the Taliban have reached an advanced stage. Pakistan is seen to be co-operating in the peace talks.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to visit the United States on a maiden trip on 20 July during which he is expected to discuss regional issues with United States’s President Donald Trump, according to a media report.

Earlier, The trip, originally planned in June, was postponed because of the prime minister’s prior domestic engagements, especially due to federal budget 2019.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi on had told reporters that a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Donald Trump was expected soon. he, however, had not to share the date of the visit.

The United States had repeatedly asked Pakistan to end its support to the militant organisations operating from within its territory against India and Afghanistan.

Efforts for arranging the Prime Minister Imran Khan-President Donald Trump meeting had been going on for months, the report had said.

Some officials had linked the two leaders’ summit with the possible positive outcome of the ongoing efforts seeking a peace deal in Afghanistan.