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May 19, 2019

PM, Trump meeting after advancement in US-Taliban talks, says Qureshi

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May 19, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump would be possible after there is progress in Afghan Taliban’s talks with the US officials in Doha."Both these leaders are important personalities who have a deep interest in peace and stability of the region. An advancement is also taking place in this, and talks are continuing in Doha, as some progress has taken place in those (talks), (if) this advancement develops further (then) there are possibilities of this (meeting), and because of these possibilities there can be a new opening in our bilateral relations," Qureshi said in an interview to Urdu News.

The foreign minister clarified that the meeting between Imran and Trump is not dependent on the success of these talks, however, the environment would become conducive if these talks go forward. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said there is no justification for keeping Pakistan on the Grey List of the Financial Action Task Force, hoping Pakistan would be taken off the Grey List in June. The foreign minister said the global community should acknowledge Pakistan’s steps against terror financing and money laundering.

Qureshi said the issue of deportation of Pakistanis from the US has been streamlined and a visit visa ban on three Pakistani officials will be lifted soon. Replying a question regarding Iran, the minister said there are some forces who continue to create misunderstandings between Pakistan and Iran. Without taking any name, he said those forces want to see Iran as a threat to this region and want to defeat Iran.

Answering a question on deteriorating security situation in Saudi Arabia, the minister said Pakistan has stood by the kingdom whenever it faced any danger and it will continue to stand by the Saudis in future too to protect the holy cities.

On Dr Aafia Siddiqui, he said Pakistan is making efforts to bring her back. “But we will have to respect the US laws in this regard. Dr Shakeel Afridi will not be swapped with her to secure her release,” he said.

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