CALL ON THE PRIME MINISTER BY US CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION

November 22, 2021

The Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), Congressman Gregory Meeks called on Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was accompanied by Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Non-Proliferation, Congressman Ami Bera. The Prime Minister warmly welcomed both Congressmen’s visit to Pakistan and hoped that it will not only lead to further deepening of Pakistan-United States relations but will also be instrumental in strengthening ties between Parliaments of the two countries. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that more high-level exchanges, at all tiers including the Administration, will take place between both countries reinforcing their ties. With regard to the evolving situation in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister emphasized that Pakistan and the U.S. needed to deepen engagement to promote peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister particularly underscored that there was an urgent need to financially assist the Afghan people as part of the effort to prevent an humanitarian crisis and economic collapse. The Prime Minister also hoped that ways and means would be found to address the liquidity issue and enable banking channels to help Afghanistan sustain its immediate economic burden and challenges. Both sides maintained that Pakistan and United States should work to strengthen bilateral trade and economic relationship as well as co-operation in health, security, counter-terrorism, and combating climate change.