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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi received the two visiting U.S Congressmen Representative Jim Himes and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney in the afternoon. Both are members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and are visiting Pakistan for the first time.

Foreign Minister briefed the visiting Congressmen on the state of play in the bilateral relationship and recent engagements between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Trump. It was noted that two leaders had agreed to intensify the economic and trade relations in order to build a broad based and enduring partnership.

While appreciating U.S. President`s sincere offer to mediate and his deep concern on the humanitarian crisis in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Minister apprised the Congressmen on the gravity of situation caused by Indian brazen display of force and continued curfew in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Minister urged the Congressmen for a more active U.S. role to help in lifting the curfew, ensuring the basic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolution of the dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister also briefed the U.S delegation on Pakistan’s constructive role and cooperation with the U.S in seeking a political solution to the Afghan conflict.

Islamabad
01 October 2019

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