Imran Khan pays first visit to army headquarters for security briefing

Glen Norman
September 3, 2018

However, what was significant in the hurriedly-called news conference of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday was that the government had decided not to react in a knee-jerk manner.

Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who stirred up a controversy with his Pakistan visit last month, has apparently received a message from his cricketer "friend" Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan. US-Pakistan relations remain frosty due to a deep and longstanding trust deficit, but mindful of the country's alleged influence over the Taliban, the US has not imposed sanctions and continues to engage with its estranged ally despite the strained relations.

After the meeting, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying, "Welcoming his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted the potential for strengthening the already strong bilateral relationship".

President of the United States Donald Trump withdrew Washington in May from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and made a decision to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

"It was agreed to host the next rounds of Bilateral Political Consultations and the Joint Economic Commission at early dates". He said he wants to work to implement the Security Council resolutions.

Prime Minister Khan said that "Pakistan is facing external and internal challenges but with support of the nation and through a cohesive national approach, we shall successfully overcome these", according to the statement. They reiterated their determination for lasting peace and stability in the country.

"Islamabad does not have that political clout, and Pakistan's own relations with the United States are hanging with a fragile thread that could break any moment", said geopolitical analyst, Qamar Cheema.

During their talks, Khan said Pakistan places importance on its relations with Japan and that he hopes more Japanese firms will make inroads into his country.

Zarif started his tour of Pakistan on Thursday.

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