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Islamabad wants equal-based relations with Washington: PM Imran Khan

F.P. Report

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Imran Khan attended a reception at Capitol Hill hosted by the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. The Prime Minister, who is on a three-day visit to Washington, was greeted by Caucus Chair Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).

Honorable Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ms. Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also joined the event.

Senior Senators including Sen. Gary Peters, Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Chris Van Hollen and several members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also attended the meeting on special invitation extended by the Caucus Chair.

The Prime Minister was introduced to members of the Caucus including Republican Co-Chair Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Democratic Co-Chair Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY).

Speaking at the reception, the Prime Minister thanked for the warm welcome at the Capitol Hill.

He said that his government was committed to rebuild the relationship on the basis of mutual trust and mutual respect.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan had facilitated the Afghan peace and reconciliation process as peace and stability in Afghanistan was vital for Pakistan. While cautioning about the complicated nature of the process and possible challenges, he said that Pakistan will continue to extend all possible facilitation in the process.

Speaking at the reception, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan attached great importance to its outreach at the Capitol Hill. He thanked the Congressmen and Senators for sparing time to attend the reception as it would help to have a better understanding of Pakistan.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee thanked the Prime Minister for visiting the Congress and expressed hope that relations between the two countries could be deepened by enhancing exchanges between the parliamentary representatives of both sides. They were of the view that Prime Minister Khan’s visit to the Capitol will help generate greater interest and foster better understanding of Pakistan in the U.S. Congress.

The members of Congress also appreciated Pakistan’s invaluable contribution in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. They appreciated the role of the Pakistani American community in the U.S.

They presented the Prime Minister copy of the special resolution, which had been introduced in the Congress to welcome the Prime Minister’s inaugural visit to the U.S. and to reaffirm the continuing support and commitment to the long and enduring friendship between Pakistan and the U.S.

A number of Pakistani American community from different constituencies of Congressmen and Senators was also present at the reception. The Prime Minister also thanked them for playing active role in the creation of Pakistan Caucus and holding a successful event at the Hill.

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