US Secretary of State Pompeo likely to visit Pakistan in Sept



WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (TNS): United States (US) Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is likely to visit Islamabad in the first week of September for consultations with Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team on issues of mutual interests.

Pompeo, who is expected to land in Islamabad on September 5, will likely be the first foreign dignitary to meet the newly-elected prime minister after he took the oath of his office on Saturday.

It was reported that during his meeting with the Pakistani officials, Secretary Pompeo may “focus on two major issues: efforts to revive once close ties between the two states and Pakistan’s support for a US-led move to jump-starting the Afghan peace process.”

It was further reported that Alice Wells, who heads the Bureau for South Asian Affairs at the State Department, may also accompany Pompeo.

Earlier this week, US officials had urged Pakistan to help end the Afghan war, adding that recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan have not discouraged them from negotiating peace with some Taliban factions.