Sunday, April 18, 2021

Pakistan In State of Shock As Washington Not Confirming Imran Khan’s Visit To The US

The United States has not officially confirmed the visit of Pakistan PM Imran Khan to the US scheduled for July 22. “To my knowledge, that [Imran’s visit] has actually not been confirmed by the White House,” said US Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Tuesday.

A collage of Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: FILE

The spokesperson added that she has read the reports of the visit, but it is up to the White House to confirm or not confirm the state visit.

“I know that I have read the same reports that you have, but I would reach out to the White House to confirm or not confirm that visit, but that’s – we don’t have anything to announce here from the State Department,” she said in response to a question regarding expected meetings scheduled between the US and the Pakistani leadership.

Imran Khan – Donald Trump Meeting Confirmed For July 22 in the US – Pakistan Foreign Office

However, the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) cautioned “against speculation about the PM’s visit”. On July 4, the FO confirmed that PM Imran will meet President Donald Trump on July 22 at the White House.

“We are in close contact with the US side,” said FO Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal. The visit, if it happens, will be important given the fact that this would be the first high-level interaction between the two nations.

Earlier this year, Trump and Imran had a war of words on Twitter over Pakistan’s role in fighting terrorism. But a flurry of exchanges between the two countries appear to have eased friction and paved the way for the much-anticipated summit meeting between Trump and Imran.

Why Did The US Suddenly Declare Baloch Liberation Army As Terrorist Organization?

Just ahead of the Khan’s expected visit, the US declared Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) a global terrorist organisation. The BLA is believed to have been behind a number of terror attacks in the Balochistan province.

Featured News

Northern Sea Route: Can Russia’s Arctic Game-Plan Outdo US’ Strategy In The Indo-Pacific?

**Russia defines the Northern Sea Route as a shipping lane from the Kara Sea to the Pacific Ocean, specifically running along the Russian Arctic...

China, Russia Or Aliens: Why Is There A Sudden Surge In UFO Sightings Over US Military Bases?

The sudden surge in the "UFO" sightings over US military bases and naval assets may be attributed to deliberate incursions by enemy spy drones. Defense...

As India ‘Rethinks’ S-400 Acquisition, Russia Puts ‘Everything On Table’ For Pakistan

As India could be re-evaluating its stand on acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system fearing US sanctions, its rival Pakistan may have quietly...

As MiG-35 Gets Neural Links, IAF Pilot Says India Must Prioritize ‘Capabilities Over Platform’

Russia’s MiG Corporation is developing smart target recognition systems based on neural networks for MiG series aircraft, especially the 4++ generation MiG-35 fighter, the...

US-India EEZ Row: US ‘Tones Down’ Naval Ops Squabble In India’s Maritime Zone; China Calls It QUAD Dilemma

After calling it an innocent ‘passage’, the US has further toned down the controversy surrounding its naval operation in India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ)...