PM Imran meets US envoy Khalilzad, Senator Graham in New York – World

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in New York to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, met Sunday with the US special envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the senator Republican Lindsey Graham, among other high profile people.

According to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Khalilzad shared with the prime minister "how far his negotiations with the Taliban had come, the nature of the talks and the expectations he has in the future."

"So he presented all his analysis of the talks between the United States and the Taliban," he added.

Qureshi's comments came when he held a press conference after the inauguration of the press room at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, before the General Assembly debate that opened on Monday.

At the inauguration, Qureshi informed the press about the other Prime Minister's commitments for the day and the delegation's efforts to raise the Kashmir problem with several international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the International Red Cross.

The foreign minister spoke of the Prime Minister's meeting with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who said he was one of four senators who had written to US President Donald Trump to draw his attention to the "worrying situation" in Kashmir occupied by the India.

"We thanked him for taking responsibility for raising the voice of the unarmed cashmere who are now on the 48th day of a curfew imposed day and night with their fundamental rights taken away," said Qureshi.

He added that the Pakistani delegation had asked Senator Graham to continue raising his voice and told him that the United States Congress can play an important role in this.

"Many senators and members of Congress have played their part and we believe that the further they advance, the greater the chances of relief for Kashmiris, as the US Congress has a lot of weight behind their words and actions," said the Foreign Minister .

He said the prime minister also met George Soros, the philanthropist behind the Open Society Foundation.

Qureshi said that during the meeting, they discussed OSF's efforts to provide quality education in Afghanistan and both sides had expressed interest in the organization coming to Pakistan and working under the same mandate.

In addition, he said they had also discussed OSF's experience in taxes and reforms, which is something the prime minister is specifically interested in. He said OSF had agreed that they would send experts to Pakistan to analyze the tax system and make suggestions for reform. .

OSF was one of the international organizations banned in Pakistan in 2017.

In answering a question about this, the Foreign Minister explained that they had not met the registration requirements the last time, which is why they had not been granted a license to operate in the country. He also said that Pakistan had asked OSF to meet all the requirements this time and that if they did, they would be allowed to operate in the country.

Early in the day, the Prime Minister met with Amnesty International Secretary General Kumi Naidoo and discussed with him the deterioration of the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

"Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International, called on the prime minister and discussed the worsening of the human rights situation in IOJ & K as a result of an unbearable repression by the Indian occupation authorities," said a Ministry tweet Of Foreign Affairs.

Later on Sunday, the prime minister was expected to hold multiple meetings with representatives of various organizations as well.

One of those meetings was with the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer.

In addition to the above, meetings were also scheduled with the Uber executive director, a delegation of Kashmir leaders and a group of members of the Sikh community.

On Saturday, the prime minister met with the founder of the Farooq Kathwari Kashmir Study Group.

The prime minister asked Kathwari to continue informing the world about the illegal occupation of India and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir so that they can see the true face of the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a press release said. from the prime minister's media team.

Prime Minister Imran Khan met with the founder of the Farooq Kathwari Kashmir Study Group on Saturday. – Photo courtesy of Radio Pakistan

Foreign Minister Qureshi, advisor to the prime minister of Commerce, Textile, Industry, Production and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood, special assistant to Prime Minister Naeemul Haque, permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan and other senior officials participated in the meeting.

Prime Minister Imran will address the UN General Assembly on September 27. He has already announced that he will highlight the problem of Kashmir in his speech, exposing the ethical and legal bankruptcy of the annexation of Kashmir occupied by India on August 5.

The prime minister arrived in New York over the weekend, giving him time to consult with Pakistani diplomats and prominent members of the Pakistani American community before meeting with world leaders.

Ambassador Lodhi said that this is a "Kashmir mission" for the prime minister and for Pakistan.

On Monday, Prime Minister Imran is expected to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. His first official commitment to the UN is a meeting with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.

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On the same day, the prime minister will also meet with the president of the United States, Donald Trump, in what is expected to be the first of his two meetings with the US leader.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1506676/pm-imran-meets-us-envoy-khalilzad-senator-graham-in-new-york

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