No terrorist havens in Pakistan, declares PM Abbasi in NY

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of Afghanistan addresses the General Assembly’s annual general debate. UN

The interaction with President Trump took place after his 45-minute long meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, during which the two leaders had talks on bilateral issues and the Afghan situation.

PM Abbasi will present Pakistan's stance on important worldwide matters, including recently announced U.S. policy regarding Afghanistan in which American President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of providing safe havens to terrorists.

In the meeting Pence told Abbasi that Trump recently articulated America's renewed strategy in South Asia.

In the closing days of the Obama administration, the United States negotiated with Mr. Abbasi's predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, to try to persuade Pakistan not to deploy these weapons, which American officials said are designed for use on the battlefield against an invading Indian army, and were therefore more at risk of falling into the wrong hands.

Abbasi also said that Pakistan is a responsible global citizen, adding, "We've shown a responsibility on the ground with this huge war on terror that we've been fighting for the last 15 years".

In their one minute and 40 second meeting, USA vice president Mike Pence was of the view that United States value its relationship with Pakistan and wishes to work closely in the region with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Abbasi acknowledged and thanked the US Vice President for his invitation and said he too looked forward to discussing issues of mutual interest, especially the war against terrorism. However, the two countries have been working to enhance security in the region.

Prime Minister Abbasi will address the UNGA on September 21 (today).

The president also said Iran is prepared to construct power plants in the areas bordering Pakistan by joint investment from the other countries and export electricity to Pakistan.

Nisar was referring to recent statements made by Abbasi in which the PM had said that he backed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's statement that "our own house should be cleaned". And that issue should be resolved as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

The prime minister is leading Pakistan delegation to the 72nd session of the UNGA in NY.

Given the challenges faced by the South Asian region especially the situation in Afghanistan, it is indeed need of the hour that both Pakistan and the USA stay engaged at different levels in order to address the issues in a collaborative manner.

Malala had a busy day at the United Nations as she met other world leaders to discuss the promotion of female education globally. "But we don't accept or see any role politically or militarily for India in Afghanistan".

Responding to a question about country's civilian nuclear power program, he said the government wants to diversify and utilise available resources to meet the energy needs of the country.



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