Pakistan PM to meet Obama October 23

Islamabad has repeatedly warned Washington of serious repercussions on bilateral relations if US drone strikes on Pakistani territory continued

Pakistan PM to meet Obama October 23

World Bulletin/News Desk

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit the United States later this month for talks with US President Barack Obama amid strained relations between the two longstanding allies.

"October 23 has been identified for a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barrack Obama," Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudry told Anadolu Agency.

"The program and agenda of the meeting is being worked out," he said.

The visit, the first by Sharif to the US since coming to office in June, comes amid mounting tensions between the two allies over US drone strikes on Pakistani territory.

Islamabad has repeatedly warned Washington of serious repercussions on bilateral relations if US drone strikes on Pakistani territory continued.

Despite these warnings, however, the US has continued to launch drone attacks against suspected militants in Pakistan's restive Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan.

Nine such strikes have been launched by the US in the Waziristan region since Sharif came to office four months ago, including four attacks in September following a Pakistani threat to take the issue to the UN.

Other key issues of discussion between the two allies will be the proposed 2014 pullout of US troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan's peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending a decade-long insurgency, a senior Foreign Office official told AA.

"I believe that these two issues will dominate the meeting [between Obama and Sharif] as compared to the drone strikes," said the official, who wished not to be named as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

"If these two issues are settled, drone strikes will be over automatically," he said.

Last Mod: 04 Ekim 2013, 16:34
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